Re: [PATCH v2 0/8] RFC: CPU frequency min/max as PM QoS params

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"Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@xxxxxxx> writes:
> If that hasn't been clear enough so far, I'm still not convinced that using
> PM QoS for that is a good idea.
> First off, frequency as a unit of throughput is questionable to say the least,
> because it isn't portable from one system to another.  Moreover, even on a
> given system it isn't particularly clear what the exact correspondence
> between frequency and throughput actually is.
> Second, it's not particularly clear what the meaning of the "min" frequency
> is supposed to be in terms of throughput.
> Moreover, you make cpufreq export user_policy.min and user_policy.max
> regardless of the new PM QoS parameters, so it looks like you could use those
> new attributes to set the min/max as well.
> Thanks,
> Rafael

Thanks - yes - I've understood you are not convinced :-)

Is there any reason why the mapping from application oriented
performance requirement metric to hardware oriented performance setting
metric would need to be inside kernel? As I've said (and Mark Gross
seems to agree) the performance requirements are likely to be system
specific and probably obtained via trial and error or some kind of
adaptive iteration. Wouldn't it be better to leave this complexity
outside PM QoS core or even outside kernel if possible?

The change to cpufreq core just adds two read-only files to be able to
inspect user_policy.min/max in addition to the currently enforced
policy->min/max. Yes - there has been the possibility of using the sysfs
min for setting a frequency floor but this is problematic when there are
multiple clients. You'd need some kind of arbitration and book keeping
to set/restore the minimum. And PM QoS provides exactly this mechanism.

I think the kernel needs to be extended to handle more PM constraints
and PM QoS is the closest thing I know for this kind of
functionality. However, I'm open to suggestions about alternative
approaches. I think we need e.g. more than just min/max "reduction
operators". Ideas, anyone?


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