[PATCH] drm/i915: use udelay for very short delays

Jani Nikula jani.nikula at linux.intel.com
Thu Dec 15 09:52:34 UTC 2016

On Thu, 15 Dec 2016, Nicholas Mc Guire <der.herr at hofr.at> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 11:08:49AM +0200, Jani Nikula wrote:
>> On Thu, 15 Dec 2016, Nicholas Mc Guire <hofrat at osadl.org> wrote:
>> > Even on fast systems a 2 microsecond delay is most likely more efficient
>> > as a busy-wait loop. The overhead of a hrtimer does not seem warranted -
>> > change this to a udelay(2).
>> Similar concerns as in [1]. We don't need the accuracy of udelay() here,
>> so this boils down to which is the better use of CPU. We could probably
>> relax the max delay more if that was helpful. But I'm not immediately
>> sold on "is most likely more efficient" which sounds like a gut feeling.
>> I'm sorry it's not clear in my other reply that I do appreciate
>> addressing incorrect/silly use of usleep_range(); I'm just not (yet)
>> convinced udelay() is the answer.
> if the delay is not critical and all that is needed 
> is an assurance that it is greater than X us then 
> usleep_range is fine with a relaxed limit. 
> So from what you wrote my patch proposal is wrong - the
> udelay() is not the way to got.
> My intent is to get rid of very small usleep_range() cases
> so if usleep_range(20,50) causes no issues with this driver
> and does not induce any performance penalty then that would 
> be the way to go I think.

Okay, so I looked at the code, and I looked at our spec, and I looked at
the MIPI D-PHY spec, and I cried a little.

Long story short, I think usleep_range(10, 50) will be fine.


Jani Nikula, Intel Open Source Technology Center

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