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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drm/lima: Use delayed timer as default in devfreq profile
Hi Qiang,

On 1/30/21 1:51 PM, Qiang Yu wrote:
> Thanks for the patch. But I can't observe any difference on glmark2
> with or without this patch.
> Maybe you can provide other test which can benefit from it.

This is a design problem and has impact on the whole system.
There is a few issues. When the device is not checked and there are
long delays between last check and current, the history is broken.
It confuses the devfreq governor and thermal governor (Intelligent Power
Allocation (IPA)). Thermal governor works on stale stats data and makes
stupid decisions, because there is no new stats (device not checked).
Similar applies to devfreq simple_ondemand governor, where it 'tires' to
work on a loooong period even 3sec and make prediction for the next
frequency based on it (which is broken).

How it should be done: constant reliable check is needed, then:
- period is guaranteed and has fixed size, e.g 50ms or 100ms.
- device status is quite recent so thermal devfreq cooling provides
'fresh' data into thermal governor

This would prevent odd behavior and solve the broken cases.

> Considering it will wake up CPU more frequently, and user may choose
> to change this by sysfs,
> I'd like to not apply it.

The deferred timer for GPU is wrong option, for UFS or eMMC makes more
sense. It's also not recommended for NoC busses. I've discovered that
some time ago and proposed to have option to switch into delayed timer.
Trust me, it wasn't obvious to find out that this missing check has
those impacts. So the other engineers or users might not know that some
problems they faces (especially when the device load is changing) is due
to this delayed vs deffered timer and they will change it in the sysfs.


> Regards,
> Qiang

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