[Intel-gfx] [PATCH] drm/i915/byt: Avoid tweaking evaluation thresholds

Mika Kuoppala mika.kuoppala at linux.intel.com
Wed Jan 25 13:09:04 UTC 2017

Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk> writes:

> On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 02:31:08PM +0200, Mika Kuoppala wrote:
>> Certain Baytrails, namely the 4 cpu core variants, have been
>> plaqued by spurious system hangs, mostly occurring with light loads.
>> Multiple bisects by various people point to a commit which changes the
>> reclocking strategy for Baytrail to follow its bigger brethen:
>> commit 8fb55197e64d ("drm/i915: Agressive downclocking on Baytrail")
>> There is also a review comment attached to this commit from Deepak S
>> on avoiding punit access on Cherryview and thus it is excluded on
>> common reclocking path. By taking the same approach and omitting
>> the punit access by not tweaking the thresholds when the hardware
>> has been asked to move into different frequency, considerable gains
>> in stability have been observed.
>> With J1900 box, light render/video load would end up in system hang
>> in usually less than 12 hours. With this patch applied, the cumulative
>> uptime has now been 34 days without issues. To provoke system hang,
>> light loads on both render and bsd engines in parallel have been used:
>> glxgears >/dev/null 2>/dev/null &
>> mpv --vo=vaapi --hwdec=vaapi --loop=inf vid.mp4
>> So far, author has not witnessed system hang with above load
>> and this patch applied. Reports from the tenacious people at
>> kernel bugzilla are also promising.
>> Considering that the punit access frequency with this patch is
>> considerably less, there is a possibility that this will push
>> the, still unknown, root cause past the triggering point on most loads.
>> Further work on investigating the punit accesses on byt is welcomed.
> Please find the underlying problem and not disabling rps for all vlv
> for a GT specific problem.

This is not disabling rps.

> -Chris
> -- 
> Chris Wilson, Intel Open Source Technology Centre

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