Commit 33fc30b4 authored by Rafael J. Wysocki's avatar Rafael J. Wysocki

cpufreq: intel_pstate: Document the current behavior and user interface

Add a document describing the current behavior and user space
interface of the intel_pstate driver in the RST format and
drop the existing outdated intel_pstate.txt document.

Also update admin-guide/pm/cpufreq.rst with proper RST references
to the new intel_pstate.rst document.
Signed-off-by: 's avatarRafael J. Wysocki <rafael.j.wysocki@intel.com>
parent 2ea659a9
.. |struct cpufreq_policy| replace:: :c:type:`struct cpufreq_policy <cpufreq_policy>`
.. |intel_pstate| replace:: :doc:`intel_pstate <intel_pstate>`
=======================
CPU Performance Scaling
......@@ -75,7 +76,7 @@ feedback registers, as that information is typically specific to the hardware
interface it comes from and may not be easily represented in an abstract,
platform-independent way. For this reason, ``CPUFreq`` allows scaling drivers
to bypass the governor layer and implement their own performance scaling
algorithms. That is done by the ``intel_pstate`` scaling driver.
algorithms. That is done by the |intel_pstate| scaling driver.
``CPUFreq`` Policy Objects
......@@ -174,13 +175,13 @@ necessary to restart the scaling governor so that it can take the new online CPU
into account. That is achieved by invoking the governor's ``->stop`` and
``->start()`` callbacks, in this order, for the entire policy.
As mentioned before, the ``intel_pstate`` scaling driver bypasses the scaling
As mentioned before, the |intel_pstate| scaling driver bypasses the scaling
governor layer of ``CPUFreq`` and provides its own P-state selection algorithms.
Consequently, if ``intel_pstate`` is used, scaling governors are not attached to
Consequently, if |intel_pstate| is used, scaling governors are not attached to
new policy objects. Instead, the driver's ``->setpolicy()`` callback is invoked
to register per-CPU utilization update callbacks for each policy. These
callbacks are invoked by the CPU scheduler in the same way as for scaling
governors, but in the ``intel_pstate`` case they both determine the P-state to
governors, but in the |intel_pstate| case they both determine the P-state to
use and change the hardware configuration accordingly in one go from scheduler
context.
......@@ -257,7 +258,7 @@ are the following:
``scaling_available_governors``
List of ``CPUFreq`` scaling governors present in the kernel that can
be attached to this policy or (if the ``intel_pstate`` scaling driver is
be attached to this policy or (if the |intel_pstate| scaling driver is
in use) list of scaling algorithms provided by the driver that can be
applied to this policy.
......@@ -274,7 +275,7 @@ are the following:
the CPU is actually running at (due to hardware design and other
limitations).
Some scaling drivers (e.g. ``intel_pstate``) attempt to provide
Some scaling drivers (e.g. |intel_pstate|) attempt to provide
information more precisely reflecting the current CPU frequency through
this attribute, but that still may not be the exact current CPU
frequency as seen by the hardware at the moment.
......@@ -284,13 +285,13 @@ are the following:
``scaling_governor``
The scaling governor currently attached to this policy or (if the
``intel_pstate`` scaling driver is in use) the scaling algorithm
|intel_pstate| scaling driver is in use) the scaling algorithm
provided by the driver that is currently applied to this policy.
This attribute is read-write and writing to it will cause a new scaling
governor to be attached to this policy or a new scaling algorithm
provided by the scaling driver to be applied to it (in the
``intel_pstate`` case), as indicated by the string written to this
|intel_pstate| case), as indicated by the string written to this
attribute (which must be one of the names listed by the
``scaling_available_governors`` attribute described above).
......@@ -619,7 +620,7 @@ This file is located under :file:`/sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/` and controls
the "boost" setting for the whole system. It is not present if the underlying
scaling driver does not support the frequency boost mechanism (or supports it,
but provides a driver-specific interface for controlling it, like
``intel_pstate``).
|intel_pstate|).
If the value in this file is 1, the frequency boost mechanism is enabled. This
means that either the hardware can be put into states in which it is able to
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......@@ -6,6 +6,7 @@ Power Management
:maxdepth: 2
cpufreq
intel_pstate
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