Re: RFC on cpufreq implementation

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On 19/01/2015 10:22, Amit Kucheria wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 10:54 PM, Mason wrote:
>> This is a follow-up to my previous thread.
>> "How many frequencies would cpufreq optimally like to manage?"
>> As I originally wrote, I'm running 3.14 on an ARM Cortex-A9
>> based SoC (namely Tango4 from Sigma Designs). I'd like to get
>> some feedback on the cpufreq driver I wrote for that platform.
>> I decided to expose only a small subset of frequencies (namely
>> {999,500,333,111} MHz) because, in my tests, the ondemand gov
>> chose mostly min and max, and the intermediate frequencies not
>> so much; so I figured "2 intermediate freqs" is good enough.
>> (I'm ready to hear otherwise.)
> How many states are really enough depends on the main workloads
> running on your system. In a closed system (limited number of
> applications) you can easily characterise your workloads and see what
> operating points (OPP = voltage, frequency pair) the system spends
> most of its time in (CPU_FREQ_STAT_DETAILS) and optimize out the
> remaining OPPs.

Testing with CPU_FREQ_STAT_DETAILS enabled is on my TODO list.
Thanks for reminding me!

> In an open-ended system where you don't control what applications will
> run on the system (e.g. android phone), it is probably a good idea to
> expose more OPPs while keeping in mind that exposing 50 frequencies is
> probably overkill (and silly) since you're spending more time reaching
> the "optimum" OPP. Pick some high-impact ones e.g. ones that allow you
> to lower your voltage.

The current SoC does not support dynamic voltage scaling at all.
So I'm just tweaking the frequency. IIUC, if I divide freq by 4,
power should be divided by 4?

>> I tried to use as much generic framework as possible, but I've
>> read about the clk framework, and it looks to be an even greater
>> generalization. Are new platforms encouraged to use that, rather
>> than provide a cpufreq driver? Does it work when voltage scaling
>> comes in play? (This SoC doesn't have it, but the next will.)
>> I'm also wondering how cpufreq and cpuidle interact? Is one a
>> subset of the other? Are they orthogonal?
> These queries have been answered by Krzysztof.

The current SoC does not support any "deep" sleep; I was told that
the core just powers "itself" down after a WFI, nothing fancier.

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