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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cpufreq: brcmstb-avs-cpufreq: sort frequencies in ascending order
On 16-05-18, 12:24, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> On 05/15/2018 09:32 PM, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> > On 15-05-18, 20:49, Markus Mayer wrote:
> >> From: Markus Mayer <mmayer@broadcom.com>
> >>
> >> Most CPUfreq drivers (at least on ARM) seem to be sorting the available
> >> frequencies from lowest to highest. To match this behaviour, we reverse
> >> the sorting order in brcmstb-avs-cpufreq, so it is now also lowest to
> >> highest.
> >
> > The reasoning isn't correct. Just because everyone else is doing it
> > doesn't make it right and so you shouldn't change just because of
> > that.
> >
> > What you must written instead in the commit log is that the cpufreq
> > core performs better if the table is sorted (in any order), and so we
> > must sort it as well.
>
> Is there a reason why set_freq_table_sorted() tries an ascending or
> descending sort, but does not enforce one versus another for all drivers?

set_freq_table_sorted() doesn't sort the frequency table but checks if
the table is already sorted in a particular order. And then
cpufreq_frequency_table_target() is optimized based on this flag. We
don't have to enforce any particular ordering here.

> > But I feel the table is already sorted for your platform, isn't it?
> > And I don't see a clear advantage of merging this patch.
>
> The patch changes the order to have the lowest to highest, whereas the
> current implementation has them from highest to lowest. From what you
> are saying, it sounds like this is unnecessary, since the sorting is
> already making things efficient enough, so this is just a cosmetic thing?

Right. It shouldn't make any performance improvements.

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viresh

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