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Description

System daemon to manage power profiles on Linux.

Programming language: Rust
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 only
Latest version: v1.1.3

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README

System76 Power Management

system76-power is a utility for managing graphics and power profiles.

Graphics Modes

A reboot is required for changes to take effect after switching modes.

Integrated

The integrated graphics controller on the Intel or AMD CPU is used exclusively.

Lower graphical performance with a longer battery life.

External displays connected to the dGPU ports cannot be used.

NVIDIA

The dGPU (NVIDIA) is used exclusively.

Higher graphical performance at the expense of a shorter battery life.

Allows using external displays.

Hybrid

Enables PRIME render offloading. The iGPU is used as the primary renderer, with the ability to have specific applications render using the dGPU.

PRIME render offloading requires the 435.17 NVIDIA drivers or later.

Applications must use GLVND to take advantage of this feature, so may not render on the dGPU even when requested. Vulkan applications must be launched with __NV_PRIME_RENDER_OFFLOAD=1 to render on the dGPU. GLX applications must be launched with __NV_PRIME_RENDER_OFFLOAD=1 __GLX_VENDOR_LIBRARY_NAME=nvidia to render on the dGPU.

Display offload sinks ("reverse PRIME") require 450.57 NVIDIA drivers or later. This feature allows using external displays while in this mode.

GPU support for run-time power management is required for the device to enter a low power state when not used. Only Turing cards and newer fully implement this functionality. Support for run-time power manage can be checked in the supported-gpus.json file provided by the driver. e.g.:

$ cat /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000:01:00.0/device
0x1f15
$ jq '.chips[] | select(.devid=="0x1F15")' < /usr/share/doc/nvidia-driver-460/supported-gpus.json
{
  "devid": "0x1F15",
  "name": "GeForce RTX 2060",
  "features": [
    "dpycbcr420",
    "dpgsynccompatible",
    "hdmi4k60rgb444",
    "hdmigsynccompatible",
    "geforce",
    "runtimepm",
    "vdpaufeaturesetJ"
  ]
}

Compute

The integrated graphics controller is used exclusively for rendering. The dGPU is made available as a compute node.

Hotplug detection

The dbus signal HotPlugDetect is sent when a display is plugged into a port connected to the dGPU. If in integrated or compute mode, the GNOME extension will prompt to switch to hybrid mode so the display can be used.

Adding hotplug detection

The GPIO (sideband) port and pins for the display ports can be determined with the schematics and output of coreboot-collector. The schematics will indicate which GPIOs are display ports (*_HPD). The corresponding GPP_* entry in coreboot-collector.txt will have the port/pin tuple.