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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] ARM: configs: sunxi: Set ondemand govenor as default
On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 03:22:35PM +0100, Philipp Rossak wrote:
> Right now the performance govenor is the default frequency govenor on
> sunxi devices. This causes some general problems.
> When the cpu is idle the cpu runs with its maximum frequency.
> This causes a higher cpu temperature in the idle state. When the cpu is
> now under load the cpu gets with that higher idle temperature now faster
> to its thermal limits.
> An other big problem of the performace govenor is the missing
> thermal throttling. Some tests with cpuburn resulted in a system crash
> when the soc reached its thermal limits since no thermal throttling
> occurred.

This won't change anything with cpuburn. While cpuburn will be
running, ondemand will increase the frequency of the cores to the
maximum frequency, putting yourself in the exact same situation.

The only difference is going to be when you're idle or have a rather
small CPU load. But then, you won't heat much in that case either.

> With this patch we set the default frequency govenor to ondemand mode
> and reduce the temperature when the cpu is idle and activate the thermal
> throtteling.

This patch doesn't activate the thermal throttling.

Maxime

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Maxime Ripard, Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons)
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
http://bootlin.com
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