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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/6] sched: Introduce energy models of CPUs
On Mon, Apr 09, 2018 at 02:45:11PM +0100, Quentin Perret wrote:

> In this specific patch, we are basically trying to figure out the
> boundaries of frequency domains, and the power consumed by each CPU
> at each OPP, to make them available to the scheduler. The important
> thing here is that, in both cases, we rely on the OPP library to
> keep the code as platform-agnostic as possible.

AFAICT the only users of this PM_OPP stuff is a bunch of ARM platforms.
Granted, body else has build a big.little style system, so that might
all be fine I suppose.

It won't be until some !ARM chip comes along that we'll know how
generically usable any of this really is.

> In the case of the frequency domains for example, the cpufreq driver is
> in charge of specifying the CPUs that are sharing frequencies. That
> information can come from DT, or SCPI, or SCMI, or whatever -- we
> probably shouldn't have to care about that from the scheduler's
> standpoint. That's why using dev_pm_opp_get_sharing_cpus() is handy,
> the OPP library gives us the digested information we need.

So I kinda would've expected to just ask cpufreq, that after all already
knows these things. Why did we need to invent this pm_opp thing?

Cpufreq has a tons of supported architectures, pm_opp not so much.

> The power values (dev_pm_opp_get_power) we use right now are those
> already used by the thermal subsystem (IPA), which means we don't have

I love an IPA style beer, but I'm thinking that's not the same IPA,
right :-)

> to introduce any new DT binding whatsoever. In a close future, the power
> values could also come from other sources (SCMI for ex), and again it's
> probably not the scheduler's job to care about those things, so the OPP
> library is helping us again. As mentioned in the notes, as of today, this
> approach has dependencies on other patches relating to these things which
> are already on the list [1].

Is there any !ARM thermal driver? (clearly I'm not up-to-date on things
thermal).

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