Re: [Linux-ia64] Re: Lockups on 2.4.1

From: Jun Nakajima <jun_at_sco.com>
Date: 2001-02-24 02:19:34
This might explain why I was _not_ able to reproduce such a hang after
overnight stress tests on a 4-way Lion... My configuration has
CONFIG_ITANIUM_PTCG=y, and flush_tlb_no_ptcg() is never called by
flush_tlb_range() if it's defined. 


Jack Steiner wrote:
> 
> > > Anyway, I have ITPs connected to the IBM hardware and have noticed that
> > > when the lockup occurs, and we lose video, at least one of the CPUs is
> > > executing in flush_tlb_no_ptcg() or handle_IPI(), in the 'do' loop where
> > > TLB
> > > entries are being purged. What I have observed is that the end address and
> > > the start address are in completely different regions. Usually, the start
> > > address
> > > is in region register 1 (address of 0x2000XXXXXXXXXXXX) and the end address
> > > is in region register 3 (address of 0x6000XXXXXXXXXXXX). I don't know if
> > > this
> > > is the same problem I am seeing on the Lion, but I plan to connect and ITP
> > > and
> > > a serial console (although we haven't been able to get one to work yet on
> > > the
> > > Lion with BIOS 71) to see if the symptoms are the same.
> >
> > FWIW, we have seen EXACTLY the same hang running here on our system.
> > The start/end addresses for the purge cross region boundaries.
> >
> >
> > We are running a 2.4.0 kernel.
> 
> I found a problem that was causing the lockup described above & I suspect this
> may responsible for some of the other hangs various folks have seen.
> 
> There is code in flush_tlb_no_ptcg() that resends the IPI if other
> cpus have not responded within a short time. If this code get invoked, then
> it is possible for flush_cpu_count to get corrupted. When that happens, a cpu
> can be executing in handle_IPI() while flush_start/flush_end are changing.
> A cpu can pick up a non-matching flush_start/flush_end. This leads to  hangs or
> lost TLB flushes.
> 
> To verify that this could cause the hang, I changed the timeout in
> flush_tlb_no_ptcg() from 40000UL to 400UL. I hung before getting to multiuser mode
> with flush_start/flush_end in different regions.
> 
> Here is the patch I used. Note: this is against 2.4.0,
> 
> --- linux-trillian/arch/ia64/kernel/smp.c       Thu Feb 22 14:35:28 2001
> +++ linux/arch/ia64/kernel/smp.c        Thu Feb 22 14:19:46 2001
> @@ -321,6 +321,16 @@
>  {
>         send_IPI_allbutself(IPI_FLUSH_TLB);
>  }
> +
> +void
> +smp_resend_flush_tlb(void)
> +{
> +       /*
> +        * Really need a null IPI but since this rarely should happen &
> +        * since this code will go away, lets not add one.
> +        */
> +       send_IPI_allbutself(IPI_RESCHEDULE);
> +}
>  #endif /* !CONFIG_ITANIUM_PTCG */
> 
>  /*
> --- linux-trillian/arch/ia64/mm/tlb.c   Thu Feb 22 14:35:28 2001
> +++ linux/arch/ia64/mm/tlb.c    Thu Feb 22 14:19:50 2001
> @@ -59,6 +59,7 @@
>  flush_tlb_no_ptcg (unsigned long start, unsigned long end, unsigned long nbits)
>  {
>         extern void smp_send_flush_tlb (void);
> +       extern void smp_resend_flush_tlb (void);
>         unsigned long saved_tpr = 0;
>         unsigned long flags;
> 
> @@ -101,9 +102,8 @@
>         {
>                 unsigned long start = ia64_get_itc();
>                 while (atomic_read(&flush_cpu_count) > 0) {
> -                       if ((ia64_get_itc() - start) > 40000UL) {
> -                               atomic_set(&flush_cpu_count, smp_num_cpus - 1);
> -                               smp_send_flush_tlb();
> +                       if ((ia64_get_itc() - start) > 400UL) {
> +                               smp_resend_flush_tlb();
>                                 start = ia64_get_itc();
>                         }
>                 }
> 
> --
> Thanks
> 
> Jack Steiner    (651-683-5302)   (vnet 233-5302)      steiner@sgi.com
> 
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Jun U Nakajima
Core OS Development
SCO/Murray Hill, NJ
Email: jun@sco.com, Phone: 908-790-2352 Fax: 908-790-2426
Received on Fri Feb 23 07:24:44 2001

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