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[Xen-devel] Re: [RFC PATCH V4 5/5] cpuidle: cpuidle driver for apm

> > Also wondering why you would ever have a different idle routine on
> > different cpus?
> Yes, this is an ongoing debate. Apparently it is a possibility
> because of ACPI bugs. CPU's can have asymmetric C-states
> and overall different idle routines on different cpus. Please
> refer to http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/9/24/132 and
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/2/10/37 for a discussion around this.

Althought the ACPI specification allows the BIOS to tell the OS
about different C-states per-processor, I know of zero system
in the field and zero systems in development that require that
capability.  That isn't a guarantee that capability will never
be used, but I'm not holding my breath.

If there are systems with broken tables that make them
appear asymetric, then we should have a workaround that handles
that case, rather than complicating the normal code for
the broken case.

So I recommend deleting the extra per-cpu registration stuff
unless there is some other architecture that requires it
and can't hadle the asymmetry in another way.

> I have posted a patch series that does global registration
> i.e same idle routines for each cpu. Please check
> http://lkml.org/lkml/2011/3/22/161 . That series applies on
> top of this series. Global registration significantly
> simplifies the design, but still we are not sure about the
> direction to take.

I'll review that.

Len Brown, Intel Open Source Technology Center

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