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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/4] Clarify abstract scale usage for power values in Energy Model, EAS and IPA

On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 5:54 AM Quentin Perret <> wrote:
> On Monday 02 Nov 2020 at 08:54:38 (+0000), Lukasz Luba wrote:
> > Gentle ping to Quentin and Daniel for sharing opinion on this patch set.
> > If you are OK, then I could use this as a base for next work.
> One or two small nits, but overall this LGTM. Thanks Lukasz.
> > As you probably know I am working also on 'sustainable power' estimation
> > which could be used when there is no DT value but it comes from FW.
> > That would meet requirement from Doug, when the DT cannot be used,
> > but we have sustainable levels from FW [1].
> Cool, and also, I'd be happy to hear from Doug if passing the sustained
> power via sysfs is good enough for his use-case in the meantime?

It does sound like sysfs could be made to work for us, but it's
definitely a workaround. If the normal way to set these values was
through sysfs then it would be fine, but I think most people expect
that these values are just setup properly by the kernel. That means
anyone using our board with a different userspace (someone running
upstream on it) would need to figure out what mechanism they were
going to use to program them. There's very little advantage here
compared to a downstream patch that just violates official upstream
policy by putting something bogoWatts based in the device tree.

My current plan of record (which I don't love) is basically:

1. Before devices are in consumer's hands, accept bogoWatts numbers in
our downstream kernel.

2. Once devices are in consumers hands, run the script I sent out to
generate some numbers and post them upstream.

If, at some point, there's a better solution then I'll switch to it,
but until then that seems workable even if it makes me grumpy.


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