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From: Zhang Rui <>
To: Daniel Lezcano <>,
	Thara Gopinath <>,
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 0/4] thermal: Introduce support for monitoring falling temperature
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:49:25 +0800	[thread overview]
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On Mon, 2020-07-13 at 17:03 +0200, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> On 10/07/2020 15:51, Thara Gopinath wrote:
> > Thermal framework today supports monitoring for rising temperatures
> > and
> > subsequently initiating cooling action in case of a thermal trip
> > point
> > being crossed. There are scenarios where a SoC need some warming
> > action to
> > be activated if the temperature falls below a cetain permissible
> > limit.
> > Since warming action can be considered mirror opposite of cooling
> > action,
> > most of the thermal framework can be re-used to achieve this.
> > 
> > This patch series is yet another attempt to add support for
> > monitoring
> > falling temperature in thermal framework. Unlike the first
> > attempt[1]
> > (where a new property was added to thermal trip point binding to
> > indicate
> > direction of temperature monitoring), this series introduces a new
> > trip
> > point type (THERMAL_TRIP_COLD) to indicate a trip point at which
> > falling
> > temperature monitoring must be triggered. This patch series uses
> > Daniel
> > Lezcano's recently added thermal genetlink interface[2] to notify
> > userspace
> > of falling temperature and rising temperature at the cold trip
> > point. This
> > will enable a user space engine to trigger the relevant mitigation
> > for
> > falling temperature. At present, no support is added to any of the
> > thermal
> > governors to monitor and mitigate falling temperature at the cold
> > trip
> > point;rather all governors return doing nothing if triggered for a
> > cold
> > trip point. As future extension, monitoring of falling temperature
> > can be
> > added to the relevant thermal governor. 
> I agree we need a cold trip point in order to introduce the
> functioning
> temperature range in the thermal framework.
> Rui, what is your opinion ?

I agree with the concept of "cold" trip point.
In this patch set, the cold trip point is defined with only netlink
event support. But there are still quite a lot of things unclear,
especially what we should do in thermal framework?

For example, to support this, we can
introduce both "cold" trip points and "warming devices", and introduce
new logic in thermal framework and governors to handle them,
introduce "cold" trip point and "warming" device, but only
semantically, and treat them just like normal trip points and cooling
devices. And strictly define cooling state 0 as the state that
generates most heat, and define max cooling state as the state that
generates least heat. Then, say, we have a trip point at -10C, the
"warming" device is set to cooling state 0 when the temperature is
lower than -10C, and in most cases, this thermal zone is always in a
"overheating" state (temperature higher than -10C), and the "warming"
device for this thermal zone is "throttled" to generate as least heat
as possible. And this is pretty much what the current code has always
been doing, right?

I can not say which one is better for now as I don't have the
background of this requirement. It's nice that Thara sent this RFC
series for discussion, but from upstream point of view, I'd prefer to
see a full stack solution, before taking any code.


  reply	other threads:[~2020-07-14 13:49 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-10 13:51 Thara Gopinath
2020-07-10 13:51 ` [RFC PATCH 1/4] dt-bindings:thermal:Add cold trip point type Thara Gopinath
2020-07-13 15:05   ` Daniel Lezcano
2020-07-13 17:01     ` Thara Gopinath
2020-07-13 17:03       ` Daniel Lezcano
2020-07-10 13:51 ` [RFC PATCH 2/4] thermal: Add support for cold trip point Thara Gopinath
2020-07-10 13:51 ` [RFC PATCH 3/4] thermal:core:Add genetlink notifications for monitoring falling temperature Thara Gopinath
2020-07-15  8:46   ` Zhang Rui
2020-07-15 23:15     ` Thara Gopinath
2020-07-10 13:51 ` [RFC PATCH 4/4] thermal: Modify thermal governors to do nothing for "cold" trip points Thara Gopinath
2020-07-15  8:35   ` Zhang Rui
2020-07-15 23:13     ` Thara Gopinath
2020-07-13 15:03 ` [RFC PATCH 0/4] thermal: Introduce support for monitoring falling temperature Daniel Lezcano
2020-07-14 13:49   ` Zhang Rui [this message]
2020-07-14 21:39     ` Thara Gopinath
2020-07-15  8:27       ` Zhang Rui
2020-07-15 23:10         ` Thara Gopinath

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