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SubjectRe: Kernel 2.6.9 Multiple Page Allocation Failures
On Thu, Dec 02, 2004 at 12:25:46PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Lukas Hejtmanek <xhejtman@mail.muni.cz> wrote:
> >
> > I found out that 2.6.6-bk4 kernel is OK.
>
> That kernel didn't have the TSO thing. Pretty much all of these reports
> have been against e1000_alloc_rx_buffers() since the TSO changes went in.
>
> I may have been asleep at the time. Could someone pleeeeze explain to me
> why the introduction of TSO has thrown this additional pressure onto the
> atomic memory allocations?
>
> Did you try disabling TSO, btw?

I did it. Allocation failure is still there :(

ethtool -k eth0
Offload parameters for eth0:
rx-checksumming: on
tx-checksumming: on
scatter-gather: on
tcp segmentation offload: off

kernel: swapper: page allocation failure. order:0, mode:0x20
kernel: [__alloc_pages+441/862] __alloc_pages+0x1b9/0x363
kernel: [__get_free_pages+42/63] __get_free_pages+0x25/0x3f
kernel: [kmem_getpages+37/201] kmem_getpages+0x21/0xc9
kernel: [cache_grow+175/333] cache_grow+0xab/0x14d
kernel: [cache_alloc_refill+376/537] cache_alloc_refill+0x174/0x219
kernel: [kmem_ptr_validate+2/73] kmem_cache_alloc+0x4b/0x4d
kernel: [alloc_skb+41/224] alloc_skb+0x25/0xe0
kernel: [e1000_alloc_rx_buffers+72/227] e1000_alloc_rx_buffers+0x44/0xe3
kernel: [e1000_clean_rx_irq+402/1095] e1000_clean_rx_irq+0x18e/0x447
kernel: [__kfree_skb+135/253] __kfree_skb+0x83/0xfd
kernel: [e1000_clean+85/202] e1000_clean+0x51/0xca

This is failure really related to e1000. But there is another one:
kernel: swapper: page allocation failure. order:0, mode:0x20
kernel: [__alloc_pages+441/862] __alloc_pages+0x1b9/0x363
kernel: [__get_free_pages+42/63] __get_free_pages+0x25/0x3f
kernel: [kmem_getpages+37/201] kmem_getpages+0x21/0xc9
kernel: [cache_grow+175/333] cache_grow+0xab/0x14d
kernel: [cache_alloc_refill+376/537] cache_alloc_refill+0x174/0x219
kernel: [kmem_ptr_validate+2/73] kmem_cache_alloc+0x4b/0x4d
kernel: [alloc_skb+41/224] alloc_skb+0x25/0xe0
kernel: [tcp_send_ack+57/223] tcp_send_ack+0x35/0xdf
kernel: [tcp_delack_timer+247/447] tcp_delack_timer+0xf3/0x1bf
kernel: [i8042_controller_init+0/315] i8042_timer_func+0x1f/0x23
kernel: [tcp_delack_timer+4/447] tcp_delack_timer+0x0/0x1bf
kernel: [run_timer_softirq+207/392] run_timer_softirq+0xcf/0x188
kernel: [net_rx_action+123/246] net_rx_action+0x77/0xf6
kernel: [__do_softirq+183/198] __do_softirq+0xb7/0xc6
kernel: [do_softirq+45/47] do_softirq+0x2d/0x2f
kernel: [do_IRQ+274/304] do_IRQ+0x112/0x130

I still suspect XFS and it's page buffer as order 0 allocation shoud be
successful when:
kernel: Free pages: 500kB (140kB HighMem)
kernel: Active:22289 inactive:223140 dirty:102306 writeback:2663 unstable:0 free:125 slab:11088 mapped:18036 pagetables:428
kernel: DMA free:8kB min:16kB low:32kB high:48kB active:1132kB inactive:9912kB present:16384kB
kernel: protections[]: 0 0 0
kernel: Normal free:352kB min:936kB low:1872kB high:2808kB active:53460kB inactive:788652kB present:901120kB
kernel: protections[]: 0 0 0
kernel: HighMem free:140kB min:128kB low:256kB high:384kB active:34564kB inactive:93996kB present:131008kB
kernel: protections[]: 0 0 0
kernel: DMA: 0*4kB 1*8kB 0*16kB 0*32kB 0*64kB 0*128kB 0*256kB 0*512kB 0*1024kB 0*2048kB 0*4096kB = 8kB
kernel: Normal: 0*4kB 0*8kB 0*16kB 1*32kB 1*64kB 0*128kB 1*256kB 0*512kB 0*1024kB 0*2048kB 0*4096kB = 352kB
kernel: HighMem: 1*4kB 1*8kB 2*16kB 1*32kB 1*64kB 0*128kB 0*256kB 0*512kB 0*1024kB 0*2048kB 0*4096kB = 140kB

I can see in each zone at least one page free.

min_free_kbytes is set to 957

--
Lukáš Hejtmánek
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