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authorLinus Torvalds <>2015-06-24 20:01:36 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <>2015-06-24 20:01:36 -0700
commit1e467e68e51b116e026247d0defc806b462c095e (patch)
tree87203f5dbb1cb24402aa966153ce49d176cc47db /Documentation/cpu-freq
parent14738e03312ff1137109d68bcbf103c738af0f4a (diff)
parent36f95a0b34cb980dcfff9c1082ca5d8f0dc5e78b (diff)
Merge tag 'docs-for-linus' of git://
Pull documentation updates from Jonathan Corbet: "The main thing here is Ingo's big subdirectory documenting feature support for each architecture. Beyond that, it's the usual pile of fixes, tweaks, and small additions" * tag 'docs-for-linus' of git:// (79 commits) doc:md: fix typo in md.txt. Documentation/mic/mpssd: don't build x86 userspace when cross compiling Documentation/prctl: don't build tsc tests when cross compiling Documentation/vDSO: don't build tests when cross compiling Doc:ABI/testing: Fix typo in sysfs-bus-fcoe Doc: Docbook: Change wikipedia's URL from http to https in scsi.tmpl Doc: Change wikipedia's URL from http to https Documentation/kernel-parameters: add missing pciserial to the earlyprintk Doc:pps: Fix typo in pps.txt kbuild : Fix documentation of INSTALL_HDR_PATH Documentation: filesystems: updated struct file_operations documentation in vfs.txt kbuild: edit explanation of clean-files variable Doc: ja_JP: Fix typo in HOWTO Move freefall program from Documentation/ to tools/ Documentation: ARM: EXYNOS: Describe boot loaders interface Doc:nfc: Fix typo in nfc-hci.txt vfs: Minor documentation fix Doc: networking: txtimestamp: fix printf format warning Documentation, intel_pstate: Improve legacy mode internal governors description Documentation: extend use case for EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL() ...
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diff --git a/Documentation/cpu-freq/governors.txt b/Documentation/cpu-freq/governors.txt
index 77ec21574fb1..c15aa75f5227 100644
--- a/Documentation/cpu-freq/governors.txt
+++ b/Documentation/cpu-freq/governors.txt
@@ -36,7 +36,7 @@ Contents:
1. What Is A CPUFreq Governor?
-Most cpufreq drivers (in fact, all except one, longrun) or even most
+Most cpufreq drivers (except the intel_pstate and longrun) or even most
cpu frequency scaling algorithms only offer the CPU to be set to one
frequency. In order to offer dynamic frequency scaling, the cpufreq
core must be able to tell these drivers of a "target frequency". So
diff --git a/Documentation/cpu-freq/intel-pstate.txt b/Documentation/cpu-freq/intel-pstate.txt
index 655750743fb0..be8d4006bf76 100644
--- a/Documentation/cpu-freq/intel-pstate.txt
+++ b/Documentation/cpu-freq/intel-pstate.txt
@@ -3,24 +3,25 @@ Intel P-state driver
This driver provides an interface to control the P state selection for
SandyBridge+ Intel processors. The driver can operate two different
-modes based on the processor model legacy and Hardware P state (HWP)
+modes based on the processor model, legacy mode and Hardware P state (HWP)
-In legacy mode the driver implements a scaling driver with an internal
-governor for Intel Core processors. The driver follows the same model
-as the Transmeta scaling driver (longrun.c) and implements the
-setpolicy() instead of target(). Scaling drivers that implement
-setpolicy() are assumed to implement internal governors by the cpufreq
-core. All the logic for selecting the current P state is contained
-within the driver; no external governor is used by the cpufreq core.
+In legacy mode, the Intel P-state implements two internal governors,
+performance and powersave, that differ from the general cpufreq governors of
+the same name (the general cpufreq governors implement target(), whereas the
+internal Intel P-state governors implement setpolicy()). The internal
+performance governor sets the max_perf_pct and min_perf_pct to 100; that is,
+the governor selects the highest available P state to maximize the performance
+of the core. The internal powersave governor selects the appropriate P state
+based on the current load on the CPU.
In HWP mode P state selection is implemented in the processor
itself. The driver provides the interfaces between the cpufreq core and
the processor to control P state selection based on user preferences
and reporting frequency to the cpufreq core. In this mode the
-internal governor code is disabled.
+internal Intel P-state governor code is disabled.
-In addtion to the interfaces provided by the cpufreq core for
+In addition to the interfaces provided by the cpufreq core for
controlling frequency the driver provides sysfs files for
controlling P state selection. These files have been added to