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Date:	Mon, 17 Dec 2007 09:55:04 +0100
From:	Eric Dumazet <>
Cc:, David Miller <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: init_timer_deferrable conversion

On Sun, 16 Dec 2007 22:00:23 -0500 (EST)
Parag Warudkar <> wrote:

> In my quest to get the wake-ups from idle per second down to bare minimum, 
> I noticed 3 places in the kernel that could benefit from 
> using init_timer_deferrable() instead of init_timer() -
> a) drivers/net/sky2.c - watchdog_timer. This was showing up high on 
> Powertop's list of things that cause routine wakeups from idle. After 
> converting to init_timer_deferrable() the wakeups went down and this one 
> no longer shows up in powertop's list. 25% reduction.
> b) kernel/time/clocksource.c - watchdog_timer - same story as sky2.c
> c) net/core/neighbour.c - gc_timer - Most benefit from deferrable timer.

neigh_periodic_timer() is actually doing almost nothing per round, since it
looks only one slot of hash table. We could probably convert it to a
workqueue and scan whole table at once.

> I am running a kernel with above changes and haven't noticed any immediate 
> problems and the wakeups-from-idle have gone down from 5-7 to mere 1-2 per 
> second.
> Is there any reason not to make the above timers deferrable - corner 
> cases, other side effects? If not then I will submit a patch.
> Thanks
> Parag
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