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Automated OS-level Device Runtime Power Management

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Automated OS-level Device Runtime Power Management
Non-CPU devices on a modern system-on-a-chip (SoC), ranging from accelerators to I/O controllers, account for a significant portion of the chip area. It is therefore vital for system energy efficiency that idle devices can enter a lowpower state while still meeting the performance expectation. This is called device runtime Power Management (PM) for which individual device drivers in commodity OSes are held responsible today. Based on the observations of existing drivers and their evolution, we consider it harmful to rely on drivers for device runtime PM. This paper identifies three pieces of information as essential to device runtime PM, and shows that they can be obtained without involving drivers, either by using a softwareonly approach, or more efficiently, by adding one register bit to each device. We thus suggest a structural change to the current Linux runtime PM framework, replacing the PM code in all applicable drivers with a single kernel module called the central PM agen...
Chao Xu 0012, Felix Xiaozhu Lin, Yuyang Wang, Lin
Added 16 Apr 2016
Updated 16 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2015
Where ASPLOS
Authors Chao Xu 0012, Felix Xiaozhu Lin, Yuyang Wang, Lin Zhong
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