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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2]cpufreq,topology,arm: disable FI for BL_SWITCHER
On Wed, Oct 07, 2020 at 04:34:44PM +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 2:30 PM Ionela Voinescu <ionela.voinescu@arm.com> wrote:
> >
> > This series is the result of the discussions ([1], [2]) around the
> > complications that the BL_SWITCHER poses when it comes to Frequency
> > Invariance (FI) and it aims to restart the discussions.
> >
> > To properly scale its per-entity load-tracking signals, the task
> > scheduler needs to be given a frequency scale factor, i.e. some image of
> > the current frequency the CPU is running at, relative to its maximum
> > frequency.
> >
> > But (reiterating the message in the changelog of patch 2/2), big.LITTLE
> > switching complicates the setting of a correct cpufreq-based frequency
> > invariance scale factor due to (as observed in
> > drivers/cpufreq/vexpress-spc-cpufreq.c):
> > - Incorrect current and maximum frequencies as a result of the
> > exposure of a virtual frequency table to the cpufreq core,
> > - Missed updates as a result of asynchronous frequency adjustments
> > caused by frequency changes in other CPU pairs.
> > More information on this feature can be found at [3].
> >
> > Given that its functionality is atypical in regards to FI and that this
> > is an old technology, patch 2/2 disable FI for when big.LITTLE switching
> > is configured in to prevent incorrect scale setting.
> >
> > For this purpose patch 1/2 changes the way arch_set_freq_scale() is
> > defined in architecture code which brings it in line with the logic of
> > other architectural function definitions while allowing for less invasive
> > filtering of FI support.
> >
> > In the discussions at [2], three possible solutions were suggested:
> > - (1) conditioning FI by !CONFIG_BL_SWITCHER
> > - (2) leave as is with note in driver specifying this FI broken
> > functionality
> > - (3) removing full BL_SWITCHER support
> >
> > This series restructures the solution at (1). The reason for it is that
> > the new patch limits the ifdef filtering to the arm topology include file,
> > a location where frequency invariance functions are defined. Therefore,
> > this seems more appropriate given that the b.L switcher is an arm
> > technology and that the new FI filtering location seems more natural for
> > conditioned FI disabling.
> >
> > Solutions (2) and (3) were not implemented given that there might be some
> > remaining users of this technology (Samsung Chromebook 2 - Samsung Exynos
> > 5 Octa 5420, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800) and therefore leaving this
> > broken (2) seems equally bad to removing support for it (3).
> >
> > [1] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200701090751.7543-5-ionela.voinescu@arm.com/
> > [2] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200722093732.14297-4-ionela.voinescu@arm.com/
> > [3] https://lwn.net/Articles/481055/
>
> I can take this set with the ACKs from Viresh if that's fine by
> everyone. Catalin? Sudeep?

Acked-by: Sudeep Holla <sudeep.holla@arm.com> (BL_SWITCHER and topology parts)

--
Regards,
Sudeep

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