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PowerNow Daemon, (c) 2003-2008 John Clemens Daemon to control the speed and voltage of CPUs. This is a simple client to the CPUFreq driver that uses Linux kernel v2.5/v2.6 sysfs interface. You need a supported CPU and a kernel that supports sysfs to run this daemon. The name is somewhat misleading, as this will work with any CPUfreq capable processor, not just processors supporting AMD's PowerNow! technology. However, it is designed to work better on processors that support more then 2 frequency steps like those with AMD's PowerNow! or the new Pentium M processors. This daemon has been tested on: AMD Mobile Duron 850MHz PowerPC G3 900MHz AMD K6-2+ 450MHz AMD Athlon64 3000+ AMD Athlon X2 3800+ I have gotten successful reports of people running this on: SMP Intel P4-m (speedstep, hyperthreading) Intel P3 Intel Pentium-M Because there's really nothing AMD-specific about this daemon, I should change the name, but i probably won't, it's too well known now. COMPILING: ---------- cd powernowd-x.xx/ make (then, as root) make install This will make the binary and install it in /usr/sbin with permissions "755". USAGE: ------ As root: powernowd <options> Available Options: -h print help message -d don't detach from terminal (default is to detach and run in the background) -v Increase output verbosity, can be used more than once. -q Quiet mode, only emergency output. -n Include 'nice'd processes in calculations -m # Modes of operation, can be 0, 1, 2, or 3: 0 = SINE, 1 = AGGRESSIVE (default), 2 = PASSIVE, 3 = LEAPS -s # Frequency step in kHz (default = 100000) -p # Polling frequency in msecs (default = 1000) -u # CPU usage upper limit percentage [0 .. 100, default 80] -l # CPU usage lower limit percentage [0 .. 100, default 20] MODES: ------ There are 4 modes supported by this client: Mode 0, SINE : Changes the frequency as a sine wave function, raising the frequency by "step" Hz every time the CPU usage goes over 80%, and decreases it by "step" Hz when the CPU usage falls under 20%. Mode 1, AGGRESSIVE : Changes frequency by a sawtooth function. Immediately jumps to the highest frequency whenever CPU usage goes over 80%, and decreases by "step" Hz as it drops below 20%. This is the default behavior as I've found it to give the best results. Mode 2, PASSIVE : The inverse of AGGRESSIVE. Immediately jump to lowest frequency when usage drops below 20%. Raise by "step" Hz if it goes above 80%. Mode 3, LEAPS : Immediately jump to the highest frequency if usage above 80%. Immediately jump to the lowest frequency if usage below 20%. PAUSING: -------- PAUSING was a feature added in v0.85, and removed in v0.90. You can achieve the same behavior by killing the daemon and restarting it, and I felt it wasn't worth the extra complexity and possible security concerns to keep this extra interface. PHILOSOPHY: ----------- OK, so why ANOTHER CPUFreq client daemon? There are several others out there, and many of them are very good. So why make another one? Well, there are several reasons. * A lot of daemons out there now are much better suited for two speed states, like Intel's Speedstep technology. They toggle between two states based upon load. I happen to own an AMD Duron w/ PowerNow with several power states, so I wanted something that would do intermediate steps. * Some daemons are written in Perl/python or in C++. I wanted just a simple C daemon. * I wrote mine around the time everyone else was writing their's, so there weren't that many when I started. * Many of them rely on APM or ACPI and change their behavior based upon battery status, AC status, temperature, etc.. or other things that I strongly feel are the wrong things to measure. If I'm using the CPU, I need it, and if I'm not, I don't. PowerNowd measures one thing and one thing only; CPU load. It bases its decisions solely upon that. It doesn't matter if I'm on battery, or on AC, or whatever. What good is having a nice powerful laptop if you can't use it at full speed, even for a few seconds, while on battery power? If I desperately wanted longer battery life, I wouldn't be running a daemon to dynamically control my CPU speed, I'd just set it to "low". And, considering most laptops sit idle 99% of the time, the other things will follow anyway. * The reliance on APM or ACPI makes some other daemons unportable to different architectures, such as PPC or UltraSparc, which support CPUFreq. * For kicks, I wanted to make one SMP capable, and allow CPUfreq's use in another useful place... servers. I did not find any other daemons which met all the above criteria. So I wrote my own. If you don't agree with the above, look elsewhere. Or, use my code as a starting point for your own endeavors. CHANGELOG: ---------- (7-13-03) v0.75 Initial Release (8-9-03) v0.80 Better error reporting/handling (some ideas from Warren Togami <firstname.lastname@example.org>) Added syslog output support Added Makefile, README, LICENSE, etc. Remove find_mount() function (sysfs is supposed to be in /sys) Added -s and -p options to override default frequency step and polling frequency. Added -u and -l options to override high/low water marks. Fixed bug where we were defaulting to SINE, not AGGRESSIVE. (11-30-03) v0.85 Better error text, more helpful then "couldn't open file". Fixed a few memory initialization bugs reported by users. Added -n option to force inclusion of nice'd processes. Added -b option and SIGUSR1/2 support for pausing/restarting the daemon. See README, section 'PAUSING'. Added code to handle buggy Athlons, but ifdef'd out because i think the bug has been fixed, so it isn't needed anymore. Fixed up a few of my more egregious spelling mistakes (from haste). (2-8-04) v0.90 Added support for drivers (longhaul) which report speed values in MHz instead of KHz. Removed -b option and PAUSING support. Removed dead code to work around buggy athlon bios's, the driver now does this correctly. Added sample powernowd init script to show how to emulate old PAUSE behavior. Spell checked the README and web page, finally. Added LEAPs mode and verbosity patches from Hans Ulrich Niedermann. Fixed up verbosity mode/printf/syslog infrastructure. (2-5-05) v0.95 It's been an unacceptably long time between updates, my apologies.. it's been an interesting year. Added support for scalaing_available_frequencies, and moved to a table based approach (driver not supporting s_a_f will have a table built internally based upon detected min/max and step). Proper infrastructure for handling HT (and other SMT/CMP procs). UNTESTED. I hope it works. Consider this part Beta. (5-8-05) v0.96 Fixed the Centrino (and a few others) bug about "ncpus not a multiple of threads_per_core!".. We now just default to 1 if that's the case. Fixed bug on drivers that don't support scaling_available_frequencies (PPC). Cleaned up error reporting a bit more. (2-12-06) v0.97 Better handling of multi-core/HT cpus. Uses affected_cpus file sysfs file. Fix Segfault on exit on SMP systems. Documentation updates. (1-27-08) v1.00 Cleanups for the 1.00 release. Use strtoll instead of strtol when reading cputime. (from Debian) Valgrind clean. AUTHOR: ------- Written by John Clemens <email@example.com> You can find out more information and download the latest version of powernowd from http://www.deater.net/john/powernowd.html You can find out more information about me at http://www.deater.net/john I welcome comments and contributions.