|author||Dirk Brandewie <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2014-11-06 09:40:47 -0800|
|committer||Rafael J. Wysocki <email@example.com>||2014-11-12 00:04:38 +0100|
intel_pstate: Add support for HWP
Add support of Hardware Managed Performance States (HWP) described in Volume 3 section 14.4 of the SDM. With HWP enbaled intel_pstate will no longer be responsible for selecting P states for the processor. intel_pstate will continue to register to the cpufreq core as the scaling driver for CPUs implementing HWP. In HWP mode intel_pstate provides three functions reporting frequency to the cpufreq core, support for the set_policy() interface from the core and maintaining the intel_pstate sysfs interface in /sys/devices/system/cpu/intel_pstate. User preferences expressed via the set_policy() interface or the sysfs interface are forwared to the CPU via the HWP MSR interface. Signed-off-by: Dirk Brandewie <firstname.lastname@example.org> Signed-off-by: Rafael J. Wysocki <email@example.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/cpu-freq')
1 files changed, 25 insertions, 12 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/cpu-freq/intel-pstate.txt b/Documentation/cpu-freq/intel-pstate.txt
index a69ffe1d54d5..765d7fc0e692 100644
@@ -1,17 +1,28 @@
Intel P-state driver
-This driver implements a scaling driver with an internal governor for
-Intel Core processors. The driver follows the same model as the
-Transmeta scaling driver (longrun.c) and implements the setpolicy()
-instead of target(). Scaling drivers that implement setpolicy() are
-assumed to implement internal governors by the cpufreq core. All the
-logic for selecting the current P state is contained within the
-driver; no external governor is used by the cpufreq core.
-Intel SandyBridge+ processors are supported.
-New sysfs files for controlling P state selection have been added to
+This driver provides an interface to control the P state selection for
+SandyBridge+ Intel processors. The driver can operate two different
+modes based on the processor model legacy and Hardware P state (HWP)
+In legacy mode the driver implements a scaling driver with an internal
+governor for Intel Core processors. The driver follows the same model
+as the Transmeta scaling driver (longrun.c) and implements the
+setpolicy() instead of target(). Scaling drivers that implement
+setpolicy() are assumed to implement internal governors by the cpufreq
+core. All the logic for selecting the current P state is contained
+within the driver; no external governor is used by the cpufreq core.
+In HWP mode P state selection is implemented in the processor
+itself. The driver provides the interfaces between the cpufreq core and
+the processor to control P state selection based on user preferences
+and reporting frequency to the cpufreq core. In this mode the
+internal governor code is disabled.
+In addtion to the interfaces provided by the cpufreq core for
+controlling frequency the driver provides sysfs files for
+controlling P state selection. These files have been added to
max_perf_pct: limits the maximum P state that will be requested by
@@ -33,7 +44,9 @@ frequency is fiction for Intel Core processors. Even if the scaling
driver selects a single P state the actual frequency the processor
will run at is selected by the processor itself.
-New debugfs files have also been added to /sys/kernel/debug/pstate_snb/
+For legacy mode debugfs files have also been added to allow tuning of
+the internal governor algorythm. These files are located at
+/sys/kernel/debug/pstate_snb/ These files are NOT present in HWP mode.