[RFC][PATCH 0/7] OMAP4 cpuidle cleanup

Daniel Lezcano daniel.lezcano at linaro.org
Wed Mar 21 22:20:32 UTC 2012


On 03/21/2012 10:54 PM, Kevin Hilman wrote:
> Daniel Lezcano<daniel.lezcano at linaro.org>  writes:
>
>> On 03/21/2012 02:43 PM, Jean Pihet wrote:
>>> On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM, Santosh Shilimkar
>>> <santosh.shilimkar at ti.com>   wrote:
>>>> Daniel,
>>>>
>>>> On Wednesday 21 March 2012 02:57 PM, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>>>>> This patchset is a proposition to improve a bit the code.
>>>>> The changes are code cleanup and does not change the behavior of the
>>>>> driver itself.
>>>>>
>>>>> A couple a things call my intention. Why the cpuidle device is set for cpu0 only
>>>>> and why the WFI is not used ?
>>>>>
>>>>> Daniel Lezcano (7):
>>>>>     ARM: OMAP4: cpuidle - Remove unused valid field
>>>>>     ARM: OMAP4: cpuidle - Declare the states with the driver declaration
>>>>>     ARM: OMAP4: cpuidle - Remove the cpuidle_params_table table
>>>>>     ARM: OMAP4: cpuidle - fix static omap4_idle_data declaration
>>>>>     ARM: OMAP4: cpuidle - Initialize omap4_idle_data at compile time
>>>>>     ARM: OMAP4: cpuidle - use the omap4_idle_data variable directly
>>>>>     ARM: OMAP4: cpuidle - remove omap4_idle_data initialization at boot
>>>>>       time
>>>>>
>>>> The series looks fine to me in general. This clean-up is applicable
>>>> for OMAP3 cpuidle code as well.
>>> Great!
>>> However OMAP3 has a few specific things that cannot be removed as easily:
>>> - the 'valid' flag is used because only certain combinations of power
>>> domains states are possible,
>>
>> When I look the board-rx51 code I see:
>>
>> static struct cpuidle_params rx51_cpuidle_params[] = {
>> 	/* C1 */
>> 	{110 + 162, 5 , 1},
>> 	/* C2 */
>> 	{106 + 180, 309, 1},
>> 	/* C3 */
>> 	{107 + 410, 46057, 0},
>> 	/* C4 */
>> 	{121 + 3374, 46057, 0},
>> 	/* C5 */
>> 	{855 + 1146, 46057, 1},
>> 	/* C6 */
>> 	{7580 + 4134, 484329, 0},
>> 	/* C7 */
>> 	{7505 + 15274, 484329, 1},
>> };
>>
>> If C3, C4, C6 are not valid, so AFAICS never used in the cpuidle code
>> why the values are 'exit_latency' and 'target_residency' specified ? I
>> mean why don't we have { 0, 0, 0 } ? Is it just for information ?
>
> Yes, because getting those numbers were based on some board-specific
> measurements, and we don't want those values to be lost.  Also, some
> usage patterns might want to (re)enable those states.

When you say re-enable you mean for a custom kernel ?

>> I understand the purpose of this code but it looks a bit tricky and
>> hard to factor out. Is it acceptable to create a new cpuidle driver
>> for rx51 then we factor out the code between omap3, omap4 and rx51
>> when all the code consistent ?
>
> I don't like that idea.  All the code is the same, the only thing we
> need is the ability to pass in board-specific latency numbers for the
> C-states.

Sorry I was not clear, I was not saying duplicating the code. What I 
meant is to create a driver:

struct cpuidle_driver rx51_idle_driver = {
  	.name = 	"rx51_idle",
	.owner = 	THIS_MODULE,
	.states = {
		{
			/* What is in rx51_cpuidle_params */
		}
	};

We put in there only the valid fields and we keep in a comment the table 
with the latency numbers.

Assuming the valid field is for handling the table overwritting, we can 
then remove it. By this way, we simplify the next_valid_state function.

Depending if we have rx51 or not, we register the rx51 driver or the 
omap3 driver in the init function. That has also the benefit to group 
the cpuidle code in the cpuidle34xx file.


> These latency numbers are obviously quite significant when it comes to
> the final power consumption, and these values often depend on
> board-specific settings.  Until there are generic frameworks for
> defining all the latencies involved, passing these values in from board
> files is absolutly needed.

Yes but before creating the generic framework, we have to do a 
transversal cpuidle consolidation across the SoC, factor out the code 
when possible, and ensure the consistency between the different platform 
and see a common pattern to emerge from this work.

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