[PATCH v2] cpufreq: Don't destroy/realloc policy/sysfs on hotplug/suspend

Srivatsa S. Bhat srivatsa at MIT.EDU
Wed Jul 16 00:44:40 PDT 2014

On 07/15/2014 11:05 PM, skannan at codeaurora.org wrote:
> Srivatsa S. Bhat wrote:
>> On 07/15/2014 11:06 AM, Saravana Kannan wrote:
>>> On 07/14/2014 09:35 PM, Viresh Kumar wrote:
>>>> On 15 July 2014 00:38, Saravana Kannan <skannan at codeaurora.org> wrote:
>>>>> Yeah, it definitely crashes if policy->cpu if an offline cpu. Because
>>>>> the
>>>>> mutex would be uninitialized if it's stopped after boot or it would
>>>>> never
>>>>> have been initialized (depending on how you fix policy->cpu at boot).
>>>>> Look at this snippet on the actual tree and it should be pretty
>>>>> evident.
>>>> Yeah, I missed it. So the problem is we initialize timer_mutex's for
>>>> policy->cpus. So we need to do that just for policy->cpu and also we
>>>> don't
>>>> need a per-cpu timer_mutex anymore.
>>> Btw, I tried to take a stab at removing any assumption in cpufreq code
>>> about policy->cpu being ONLINE.
>> Wait, allowing an offline CPU to be the policy->cpu (i.e., the CPU which
>> is
>> considered as the master of the policy/group) is just absurd. If there is
>> no leader, there is no army. We should NOT sacrifice sane semantics for
>> the
>> sake of simplifying the code.
>>> There are 160 instances of those of with
>>> 23 are in cpufreq.c
>> And that explains why. It is just *natural* to assume that the CPUs
>> governed
>> by a policy are online. Especially so for the CPU which is supposed to be
>> the policy leader. Let us please not change that - it will become
>> counter-intuitive if we do so. [ The other reason is that physical hotplug
>> is also possible on some systems... in that case your code might make a
>> CPU
>> which is not even present (but possible) as the policy->cpu.. and great
>> 'fun'
>> will ensue after that ;-( ]
>> The goal of this patchset should be to just de-couple the sysfs
>> files/ownership
>> from the policy->cpu to an extent where it doesn't matter who owns those
>> files, and probably make it easier to do CPU hotplug without having to
>> destroy and recreate the files on every hotplug operation.
>> This is exactly why the _implementation_ matters in this particular case -
>> if we can't achieve the simplification by keeping sane semantics, then we
>> shouldn't do the simplification!
>> That said, I think we should keep trying - we haven't exhausted all ideas
>> yet :-)
> I don't think we disagree. To summarize this topic: I tried to keep the
> policy->cpu an actual online CPU so as to not break existing semantics in
> this patch. Viresh asked "why not fix it at boot?". My response was to
> keep it an online CPU and give it a shot in a separate patch if we really
> want that. It's too risky to do that in this patch and also not a
> mandatory change for this patch.
> I think we can work out the details on the need to fixing policy->cpu at
> boot and whether there's even a need for policy->cpu (when we already have
> policy->cpus) in a separate thread after the dust settles on this one?

Sure, that sounds good!

Srivatsa S. Bhat

More information about the linux-arm-kernel mailing list