CPU consumption due to mdelay(5) in pxp_buf_queue

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CPU consumption due to mdelay(5) in pxp_buf_queue

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morenodissegna
Contributor I

Hi everyone,

I'm working on an i.MX6UltraLite processor.

I noticed a call to mdelay(5) in the pxp_buf_queue function in mxc_pxp_v4l2.c.

This function is called once per every frame that is submitted to video4linux.

This means that if I play a video @ 25fps, about 12% CPU time is spent busy waiting.

This is confirmed by running gstreamer with the perf tool.

Is this delay really needed? What is its purpose?

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b36401
NXP TechSupport
NXP TechSupport

Actually if the process is in sleep ("S") state it does not cunsume CPU power.

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morenodissegna
Contributor I

CPU is consumed because mdelay(5) causes the cpu to busy wait for 5 ms.

Please check out the kernel docs https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/timers/timers-howto.txt :

These functions use the jiffie estimation of clock speed and will busy wait for enough loop cycles to achieve the desired delay
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