Many Power Management Updates For The Linux 4.10 Kernel

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 13 December 2016 at 06:46 AM EST. 21 Comments
Rafael Wysocki of Intel on Monday submitted the new ACPI and power management material for the Linux 4.10 merge window. Like most kernel cycles, there is a lot of ACPI/PM improvements on the horizon for Linux.

Some of the ACPI/PM highlights for Linux 4.10 include:

- Support for using generic CPUFreq governors in Intel P-State.

- P-State also now supports per-logical-CPU P-State limits and Energy Performance Preference / Energy Performance Bias (EPP/EPB).

- Other Intel P-State driver updates and adding new CPU ID for Knights Mill. The intel_idle driver also saw CPU IDs added for Knights Mill and Atom Z34xx hardware as did the RAPL power-capping driver.

- The CPUFreq Schedutil governor now makes use of SCHED_FIFO kernel threads for doing delayed work to lower the response latency in some cases. There are also other CPUFreq governor fixes and cleanups.

- A new CPUFreq driver for Broadcom STB SoCs along with other ARM support improvements in the CPUFreq space.

- Intel RAPL driver fixes.

- PM core fixes and clean-ups.

- Initial support for ACPI APEI (ACPI Platform Error Interface) on ARM64.

- Updated ACPICA.

More details via the ACPI and PM pull requests.
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