Deepthi Dharwar | 27 Aug 20:30 2013

[PATCH V6 0/7] POWER/cpuidle: Generic IBM-POWER cpuidle driver enabled for PSERIES and POWERNV platforms

This patch series consolidates the backend cpuidle driver for pSeries
and powernv platforms with minimal code duplication.

Current existing backend driver for pseries has been moved to drivers/cpuidle 
and has been extended to accommodate powernv idle power mgmt states. 
As seen in V1 of this patch series, having a separate powernv backend driver 
results in too much code duplication, which is less elegant and can pose 
maintenance problems going further.

Using the cpuidle framework to exploit platform low power idle states
management can take advantage of advanced heuristics, tunables and features 
provided by framework. The statistics and tracing infrastructure provided 
by the cpuidle framework also helps in enabling power management 
related tools and help tune the system and applications.

Earlier in 3.3 kernel, pSeries idle state management was modified to 
exploit the cpuidle framework and the end goal of this patch is to have powernv
platform also to hook its idle states into cpuidle framework with minimal 
code duplication between both platforms.  

This series aims to maintain compatibility and functionality to existing pseries 
and powernv idle cpu management code. There are no new functions or idle 
states added as part of this series. This can be extended by adding more 
states to this existing framework.

This patch series has been tested on both PSERIES and POWERNV
platform and is based on v3.11-rc6 kernel version.

With this patch series, the powernv cpuidle functionalities are on-par with 
pSeries idle management.  
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