Mark Lord wrote:
Pavel Machek wrote:
This is a patch (very ugly, assumes you have just one disk) to bring
powersaving to AHCI. You need Alan's SCSI autosuspend (attached) patch
as a base.

It saves .5W compared to config with disk spinning, and even .15W
compared to hdparm -y... on my thinkpad x60 anyway.

There was a discussion of this here today.
It makes good use of AHCI-specific features.

Has it been tested with a Port-Multiplier yet?

This is cool enough that we really ought to do a hardware-independent
version, so that all SATA interfaces could benefit.  Especially ata_piix,
but others too.

BTW we can also save power by allowing the user to choose to disable hotplugging support. Then we can power down PHYs that are not in use.

That requires the addition of some policy controls, because it is user-specific whether or not to waste power waiting for a plug-in event.


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