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Subject[bug] forcedeth: hung interface under load

* Ingo Molnar <> wrote:

> > I had responded eariler to the thread asking you to try out the patch
> > found in bug 8058:
> >
> >
> > I believe that is the caush of the NULL skb dereference issue.
> there's a different type of regression now: under high load i dont get
> a crash, i get a hung interface instead. No error packets or other
> weird interface state - just a hung interface. [...]

the interface stats do not change from that point on:

eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:13:D4:DC:41:12
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
RX packets:14976 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3928743 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:1028544 (1004.4 KiB) TX bytes:4126766510 (3.8 GiB)
Interrupt:16 Base address:0xa000

and the irq count does not change either:

16: 816 3463148 IO-APIC-fasteoi eth1

no matter what i do to the interface. So it's completely stuck.
No kernel messages either - apparently nv_tx_timeout() never triggered.

note, the hang occurs faster if you set max_interrupt_work to a really
low value (such as 0). [ The hang occurs _much_ faster if you apply the
-rt patch and enable PREEMPT_RT - but the hang occurs on mainline too. ]

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