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Re: [PATCH] Revert "cpuidle: Replace ktime_get() with local_clock()"




On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 03:44:47PM +0300, ville.syrjala@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> From: Ville Syrjälä <ville.syrjala@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> 
> This reverts commit e93e59ce5b85e6c2b444f09fd1f707274ec066dc.
> 
> The TSC stops in deeper C states, so using local_clock() in cpuidle
> to track the C state residency seems like a bad idea. With local_clock()
> powertop is reporting mostly 0% residency for C states here. Presumably
> the core is still spending most of its time in some deep C-state since
> the totals typically add up to only 5% or so, so perhaps the governor
> isn't getting totally confused by these bogus numbers. But let's go
> back to using ktime_get() as that at least works correctly across the
> board.

The local clock is faster, more accurate and more stable. We saw ktime_get()
can be expensive, especially on slower CPUs.

Why not add flag for the idle state to tell the local clocksource stops and use
in this case ktime_get() ?

This flag can be set on the idle state at init time in intel_idle.c around:

	...
        if (((mwait_cstate + 1) > 2) &&
              !boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_NONSTOP_TSC))
               mark_tsc_unstable("TSC halts in idle"
               " states deeper than C2");
	...

and in processor_idlec.c around:

	...
	tsc_check_state(cx->type);
	...

So we keep using local_clock() in most of the cases, for most of the boards.


 
> Note that the code has changed somewhat since the regression happened,
> so this isn't a 1:1 revert of the offending commit.
> 
> Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Rafael J. Wysocki <rafael.j.wysocki@xxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Ville Syrjälä <ville.syrjala@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
>  drivers/cpuidle/cpuidle.c | 4 ++--
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> 
> diff --git a/drivers/cpuidle/cpuidle.c b/drivers/cpuidle/cpuidle.c
> index 548b90be7685..24a52805527f 100644
> --- a/drivers/cpuidle/cpuidle.c
> +++ b/drivers/cpuidle/cpuidle.c
> @@ -213,13 +213,13 @@ int cpuidle_enter_state(struct cpuidle_device *dev, struct cpuidle_driver *drv,
>  	sched_idle_set_state(target_state);
>  
>  	trace_cpu_idle_rcuidle(index, dev->cpu);
> -	time_start = ns_to_ktime(local_clock());
> +	time_start = ktime_get();
>  
>  	stop_critical_timings();
>  	entered_state = target_state->enter(dev, drv, index);
>  	start_critical_timings();
>  
> -	time_end = ns_to_ktime(local_clock());
> +	time_end = ktime_get();
>  	trace_cpu_idle_rcuidle(PWR_EVENT_EXIT, dev->cpu);
>  
>  	/* The cpu is no longer idle or about to enter idle. */
> -- 
> 2.10.2
> 

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