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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] PM / Runtime: runtime: Add sysfs option for forcing runtime suspend
On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 2:50 AM, Rafael J. Wysocki <> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 12:25 AM, Ulf Hansson <> wrote:
> > On 8 September 2015 at 22:56, Rafael J. Wysocki <> wrote:
> >> On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 9:35 AM, Oliver Neukum <> wrote:
> >>> On Tue, 2015-09-08 at 01:10 +0000, Tirdea, Irina wrote:
> >>
> >> [cut]
> >>
> >>>> this would work except for adding a sysfs attribute that would trigger
> >>>> a runtime suspend while ignoring usage count. Would that be a
> >>>> better direction?
> >>>
> >>> No. If we want this at all, we need a new callback to notify drivers
> >>> that user space is temporarily uninterested in a device. And the reverse
> >>> of course.
> >>> The power model is good. We must not assume that devices can be
> >>> suspended at will. If we do this at all, we ought to see it as giving
> >>> strong hints to drivers when a device can be considered idle.
> >>
> >> This is a good summary in my view.
> >>
> >> The only thing we can add, realistically, is an interface for user
> >> space to "kick" drivers to check if the devices they handle may be
> >> suspended at this point (or to run their ->runtime_idle callbacks
> >> IOW).
> >>
> >> That would be quite similar to autosuspend except that the "kick" will
> >> come from user space rather than from a timer function in the kernel.
> >
> > Apologize for interrupting the discussion!
> >
> > Unless I miss the point, I assumes the above is somewhat already
> > achievable via sysfs when changing the value of the auto-suspend
> > timeout, since it triggers a call to
> > pm_runtime_set_autosuspend_delay()...
> Well, from the initial comment in drivers/base/power/sysfs.c:
> *
> * NOTE: The autosuspend_delay_ms attribute and the autosuspend_delay
> * value are used only if the driver calls pm_runtime_use_autosuspend().
> *
> Some drivers don't do that and they would be the primary target
> audience for the new interface (if we agreed that it was useful after
> all).
> > Also, according to the discussion so far, it seems like we are on
> > agreement that we should really think twice when considering to extend
> > the sysfs interface for runtime PM.
> That certainly is correct and not limited to runtime PM. :-)
> > From the change-log/description to $subject patch, I fail to
> > understand *why* the regular runtime PM *autosuspend* feature isn't
> > sufficient. Perhaps Irina can elaborate more on the use case, to help
> > me get a better understanding of the issue!?
> My understanding is that the idea would be to trigger an attempt to
> suspend via a specific event (eg. lid closes) rather then via an
> inactivity timer.

The best example and actually the very specific problem we want to
solve is handling touchscreens on a phone / tablet. When the screen is
turned off, it is ideal to suspend the touchscreen for two reasons: to
lower the power consumption as much as possible and to prevent
interrupts to wake-up the CPU when the user touches the device, and
thus save even more power as we allow the CPU to stay in deep idle
states for longer periods.

Note that when the screen is turned-on again, we want to resume the
touchscreen so that it can send events again.

This is different then the lid closes examples, as in that case the
user can not generate new events and thus the usual autosuspend
feature is probably good enough (if the suspend power and autosuspend
power consumption is similar).

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