Hello, I’ve been thinking about CPU performance and power management on FreeBSD recently. As a user it seems like there has been little activity in this area and I wanted to try and understand what the situation was.
From the publicly available information on powerd , the wiki  and my attempts to optimize hardware power/performance; it seems the current approach is quite old and laptop-focused. Recent CPU designs can control the state and frequency of individual cores very quickly. In the case of a single heavy thread, a multicore CPU might power-gate all but one core so the active core can be pushed to a higher frequency. This doesn’t seem to be possible on FreeBSD at the moment: powerd is userland (~250 ms poll) and can only control the frequency of all cores together. I understand this opens a can of worms as the CPU core states, frequency and scheduler would all need to co-operate. However, I think it’s important that this does happen. Without this functionality FreeBSD is leaving performance on the table and consuming more power than other operating systems. At BSDCan I heard that there was work going on for arm systems, but didn’t manage to get any details and whether it was relevant to amd64 too. TIA, Will PS. I was interested to see Intel announce at IDF that they'll be working with open source projects to implement "Speed Shift Technology”, which leaves responsibility for p-state management on the CPU.  https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=powerd  https://wiki.freebsd.org/TuningPowerConsumption _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list https://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-current-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"