brocken devfreq simple_ondemand for Odroid XU3/4?

Sylwester Nawrocki s.nawrocki at
Wed Jun 24 11:11:33 EDT 2020

Hi All,

On 24.06.2020 12:32, Lukasz Luba wrote:
> I had issues with devfreq governor which wasn't called by devfreq
> workqueue. The old DELAYED vs DEFERRED work discussions and my patches
> for it [1]. If the CPU which scheduled the next work went idle, the
> devfreq workqueue will not be kicked and devfreq governor won't check
> DMC status and will not decide to decrease the frequency based on low
> busy_time.
> The same applies for going up with the frequency. They both are
> done by the governor but the workqueue must be scheduled periodically.

As I have been working on resolving the video mixer IOMMU fault issue
described here:
I did some investigation of the devfreq operation, mostly on Odroid U3.

My conclusions are similar to what Lukasz says above. I would like to add
that broken scheduling of the performance counters read and the devfreq 
updates seems to have one more serious implication. In each call, which
normally should happen periodically with fixed interval we stop the counters, 
read counter values and start the counters again. But if period between 
calls becomes long enough to let any of the counters overflow, we will
get wrong performance measurement results. My observations are that 
the workqueue job can be suspended for several seconds and conditions for 
the counter overflow occur sooner or later, depending among others 
on the CPUs load.
Wrong bus load measurement can lead to setting too low interconnect bus 
clock frequency and then bad things happen in peripheral devices.

I agree the workqueue issue needs to be fixed. I have some WIP code to use
the performance counters overflow interrupts instead of SW polling and with 
that the interconnect bus clock control seems to work much better.


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