[alsa-devel] hda-intel and runtime power-management
dragos.tatulea at intel.com
Wed Aug 10 21:34:31 CEST 2011
On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:11 AM, Takashi Iwai <tiwai at suse.de> wrote:
> At Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:55:52 +0300,
> Tatulea, Dragos wrote:
> > >> >> I'm in the process of enabling pm runtime pm for the hda_intel
> > >> >> not being sure if this is a sane task :). Noticed that
> > >> >> CONFIG_SND_HDA_POWER_SAVE disables codecs and chip when they are
> > >> >> in use, but the power gain is not noticeable on my hw. On the other
> > >> >> hand, a full suspend (azx_suspend) does save a few hundred mW's.
> > >> >> I am aware that this is hw specific, but I would like to take
> > >> >> advantage of the full suspend. Suspend/resume latency is below
> > >> >> resolution.
> > >> >
> > >> > Hm, it's strange. Basically the current power-save does almost
> > >> > equivalent with the normal suspend/resume, i.e. the codec is
> > >> > suspended and azx_stop_chip() is called. Make sure that the
> > >> > power-saving is really kicked in during your test.
> > >> >
> > >> Indeed, I checked and a codec is stuck in a power transition for some
> > >
> > > You should check who accessing the device files via fuser, etc.
> > >
Yes, there's a non-muted pcm around there that prevents the codec from
sleeping. I have a patch that checks for all substream states and puts the
chip to sleep when they are all paused/suspended. Is this a bad idea? It
could be that resuming the chip takes too long, depending on hw...
> > >> Besides that, it would be nicer to have the currently standard runtime
> > >> pm on codec bus instead of doing the same thing with
> > >> CONFIG_SND_HDA_POWER_SAVE, right?
> > >
> > > Ideally, yes, but practically it's difficult, so far, because the
> > > driver can manage multiple codecs and we need the individual codec
> > > power-up/down. With the current runtime pm scheme, it's difficult to
> > > implement like this, as it's no simple suspend/resume of the driver
> > > itself.
> > >
> > The codec bus can contain the generic runtime pm part which will call
> > runtime_suspend/_resume for individual codecs, depending on usage.
> > Each codec can register it's own dev_pm_ops.
> Yes, but this would need relatively big changes in the structure
> of the hd-audio driver, e.g. assigning struct device per codec
> instance, etc.
> Still looking into it, maybe there's a less invasive way of doing this.
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