On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 6:42 PM, Srinivas Pandruvada
<srinivas.pandruv...@linux.intel.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2018-05-17 at 18:16 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>> On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 08:41:32AM -0700, Srinivas Pandruvada wrote:
>> > One more point to note. Even if we calculate some utilization based
>> > on
>> > the freq-invariant and arrive at a P-state, we will not be able to
>> > control any P-state in turbo region (not even as a cap) on several
>> > Intel processors using PERF_CTL MSRs.
>>
>> Right, but don't we need to set the PERF_CTL to max P in order to
>> access the turbo bins?
>
> Any PERF_CTL setting above what we call "Turbo Activation ratio" (which
> can be less than P1 read from platform info MSR) will do that on these
> systems (Most clients from Ivy bridge).
>
>>  So we still need to compute a P state, but as soon as we
>> reach max P, we're done.
>
> What will happen if we look at all core turbo as max and cap any
> utilization above this to 1024?

I was going to suggest that.

Otherwise, if we ever get (say) the max one-core turbo at any point
and the system only runs parallel workloads after that, it will appear
as underutilized.

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