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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/6] cpufreq: governor: Drop min_sampling_rate
On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 09:04:25AM +0530, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> On 29-06-17, 20:01, Dominik Brodowski wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 04:29:06PM +0530, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> > > The cpufreq core and governors aren't supposed to set a limit on how
> > > fast we want to try changing the frequency. This is currently done for
> > > the legacy governors with help of min_sampling_rate.
> > >
> > > At worst, we may end up setting the sampling rate to a value lower than
> > > the rate at which frequency can be changed and then one of the CPUs in
> > > the policy will be only changing frequency for ever.
> >
> > Is it safe to issue requests to change the CPU frequency so frequently,
>
> Well, I assumed so. I am not sure the hardware would break though.
> Overheating ?
>
> > even
> > on historic hardware such as speedstep-{ich,smi,centrino}? In the past,
> > these checks more or less disallowed the running of dynamic frequency
> > scaling at least on speedstep-smi[*],
>
> We must by doing dynamic freq scaling even without this patch. I don't
> see why you say the above then.
>
> All we do here is that we get rid of the limit on how soon we can
> change the freq again.

Well, as I understand it, first generation "speedstep" was designed more or
less to switch frequencies only when AC power was lost or restored.

The Linux implementation merely said: "no on-the-fly changes", but switch
frequencies whenever a user explicitly requested such a change (presumably
only every once in an unspecified while).

This same reasoning may be present in other drivers using CPUFREQ_ETERNAL.

> > but maybe on a few other platforms as
> > well. That's why I am curious on whether this may break systems potentially
> > on a hardware level if the hardware was not designed to do dynamic frequency
> > scaling (and not just frequency switches on battery/AC).
>
> Honestly I am not sure if any hardware can break or not, just because
> of this commit.

I am not *sure* either, I am just worried of the consequences of doing
things out-of-spec...

Best
Dominik
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