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Subject: [PATCH 1/1] drivers: devfreq: add DELAYED_WORK to monitoring subsystem
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:17:31 +0000
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From: Lukasz Luba <>

This change aims to add different mechanism used in monitoring subsystem
used TIMER_DEFERRABLE under the hood, which will not cause a CPU to come
out of idle and service the DEVFREQ monitoring queued work. This is
especially important in SMP systems, when some of the CPUs might be kept
in idle, while the other may have a big load.

The DELAYED_WORK is going to be triggered even on an idle CPU and will
serve the monitoring update request.

The difference could be observed in the trace output, when devfreq trace
option is enabled, i.e.
echo 1 > /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/events/devfreq/enable
sleep 5
echo 0 > /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/events/devfreq/enable
cat /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/trace

Signed-off-by: Lukasz Luba <>
 drivers/devfreq/Kconfig   | 19 +++++++++++++++++++
 drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c |  6 +++++-
 2 files changed, 24 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/devfreq/Kconfig b/drivers/devfreq/Kconfig
index 0b1df12e0f21..fba9cd55f434 100644
--- a/drivers/devfreq/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/devfreq/Kconfig
@@ -30,6 +30,25 @@ menuconfig PM_DEVFREQ
+	bool "Use DELAYED_WORK in DEVFREQ monitoring subsystem"
+	help
+	  This changes the default DEVFREQ framework monitoring subsystem
+	  from using DEFERRABLE_WORK to DELAYED_WORK. The former uses
+	  TIMER_DEFERRABLE, which will work normally when the system is busy,
+	  but will not cause a CPU to come out of idle and serve the DEVFREQ
+	  monitoring requests. This is especially important in the SMP systems
+	  with many CPUs, when the load balance tries to keep some CPUs idle.
+	  The next service request could not be triggered when the CPU went
+	  idle in the meantime.
+	  The DELAYED_WORK is going to be triggered even on an idle CPU. This
+	  will allow to call the DEVFREQ driver in more reliable fashion and
+	  prevent i.e. from overflowing the device's counters.
+	  Enable this when you have SMP system and you do not see the DEVFREQ
+	  monitoring to be triggered in your trace output.
 comment "DEVFREQ Governors"
diff --git a/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c b/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c
index cceee8bc3c2f..319c63c4774c 100644
--- a/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c
+++ b/drivers/devfreq/devfreq.c
@@ -457,7 +457,11 @@ void devfreq_monitor_start(struct devfreq *devfreq)
 	if (devfreq->governor->interrupt_driven)
-	INIT_DEFERRABLE_WORK(&devfreq->work, devfreq_monitor);
+		INIT_DELAYED_WORK(&devfreq->work, devfreq_monitor);
+	else
+		INIT_DEFERRABLE_WORK(&devfreq->work, devfreq_monitor);
 	if (devfreq->profile->polling_ms)
 		queue_delayed_work(devfreq_wq, &devfreq->work,

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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-01-27 15:17 [PATCH 0/1] drivers: devfreq: use DELAYED_WORK in DEVFREQ " lukasz.luba
2020-01-27 15:17 ` lukasz.luba [this message]
2020-01-30 11:47 ` Lukasz Luba
2020-01-31  0:42   ` Chanwoo Choi
2020-01-31  0:47     ` Chanwoo Choi
2020-01-31  9:38       ` Lukasz Luba
2020-02-03  1:10         ` Chanwoo Choi
2020-01-30 11:47 ` Lukasz Luba

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