Re: Debian on the Desktop - plans for Lenny?
On Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 05:11:07AM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Ben Hutchings <email@example.com> wrote:
> > This means that when draining the battery we do not allow the CPU to run
> > at full speed, so CPU-bound tasks take longer. This tends to extend
> > battery life but reduces the processing work derived from the battery,
> > since other components then take a higher share of power. And when
> > running on AC, we just waste power, though with a slight performance
> > gain.
> If you're using the computer at all, it's not even likely to increase
> battery life. A CPU at 600MHz and in C0 will draw significantly more
> power than a CPU at 1.2GHz but in C4. It's more important to finish
> whatever the CPU is doing quickly than it is to keep it at a low speed.
Except that a PowerPC processor (as found in Gustavo's ibook) simply
doesn't *have* C states. On my PowerBook G4, I noticed that when I
started running this crude hack...
echo $$ > /var/run/mycpufreqd
echo userspace > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor
if expr $(uptime|cut -d',' -f3|cut -d':' -f2) '>' 0.75 > /dev/null
echo 1333333 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_setspeed
if expr $(uptime | cut -d',' -f4) '<' 0.75 > /dev/null
echo 666666 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_setspeed
... battery life would double. A PowerPC running at its full
speed produces a *lot* more heat, which it needs to get rid of. When I
run the above script, my PowerBook is capable of running with its fan
shut off when idle, but not when running at high speed with a busy
Moral: power management is an architecture-specific business.
 Yes, I should probably patch it to use /proc/loadavg rather than
 Approximately, that is. Not like I used a timer or anything.
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