[PATCH] drm/amd/powerplay/smu7_hwmgr: replace blocking delay with non-blocking

Yrjan Skrimstad yrjan at skrimstad.net
Tue Jun 4 20:21:49 UTC 2019

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 02:08:21AM +0200, Yrjan Skrimstad wrote:
> This driver currently contains a repeated 500ms blocking delay call
> which causes frequent major buffer underruns in PulseAudio. This patch
> fixes this issue by replacing the blocking delay with a non-blocking
> sleep call.

I see that I have not explained this bug well enough, and I hope that is
the reason for the lack of replies on this patch. I will here attempt to
explain the situation better.

To start with some hardware description I am here using an AMD R9 380
GPU, an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Eight-Core Processor and an AMD X370 chipset.
If any more hardware or software specifications are necessary, please

The bug is as follows: When playing audio I will regularly have major
audio issues, similar to that of a skipping CD. This is reported by
PulseAudio as scheduling delays and buffer underruns when running
PulseAudio verbosely and these scheduling delays are always just under
500ms, typically around 490ms. This makes listening to any music quite
the horrible experience as PulseAudio constantly will attempt to rewind
and catch up. It is not a great situation, and seems to me to quite
clearly be a case where regular user space behaviour has been broken.

I want to note that this audio problem was not something I experienced
until recently, it is therefore a new bug.

I have bisected the kernel to find out where the problem originated and
found the following commit:

# first bad commit: [f5742ec36422a39b57f0256e4847f61b3c432f8c] drm/amd/powerplay: correct power reading on fiji

This commit introduces a blocking delay (mdelay) of 500ms, whereas the
old behaviour was a smaller blocking delay of only 1ms. This seems to me
to be very curious as the scheduling delays of PulseAudio are always
almost 500ms. I have therefore with the previous patch replaced the
scheduling delay with a non-blocking sleep (msleep).

The results of the patch seems promising as I have yet to encounter any
of the old <500ms scheduling delays when using it and I have also not
encountered any kernel log messages regarding sleeping in an atomic

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