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    SubjectRe: Device hang when offlining a CPU due to IRQ misrouting
    On Thu, May 31, 2007 at 05:44:27PM -0700, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
    > Hi there,
    > I'm seeing a driver hang with 2.6.22-rc3 while being slightly stupid
    > about offlining CPUs. I suspect that this problem extends beyond a
    > particular machine, as I've been able to replicate it with an IBM x3650
    > and an IBM x3755. This is what I'm doing:
    > 1) I tie an IRQ to a particular CPU via /proc/irq/XXX/smp_affinity (IRQ
    > 4341 is the network card and we're picking on CPU1 in this example):
    > echo 2 > /proc/irq/4341/smp_affinity

    Darrick, I see a kernel bug in this area(which is already filled with bugs,
    and I am looking into ways to fix them). Are you making sure that
    between step-1 and step-2, that interrupts actually started arriving at cpu1?

    i.e., do step-1 and wait till the irq's start hitting at cpu1. At this point
    do step-2 and let us know if you still hit this bug?

    > 2) I then take CPU1 offline:
    > echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu1/online
    > 3) The kernel prints this:
    > [ 1101.968040] Breaking affinity for irq 4341
    > [ 1102.074019] CPU 1 is now offline
    > [ 1102.081593] lockdep: not fixing up alternatives.
    > [ 1112.886919] nfs: server not responding, still trying
    > After step 2 the system never sees interrupts from the network card and
    > remains hung like that until CPU1 is brought back up. It looks as
    > though the kernel is trying to reroute the IRQ (or so I'm assuming from
    > the "Breaking affinity" message), but this doesn't ever happen, so the
    > the kernel stops seeing interrupts from the device.
    > Granted, one should not be offlining the CPU that is currently
    > designated to handle an IRQ, but I suspect that the kernel ought at a
    > minimum to reject the offlining or route the IRQ to any online CPU
    > instead of screwing things up.
    > There exists a similar scenario. Set the IRQ affinity to a bunch of
    > CPUs, watch /proc/interrupts to see which CPU is actually servicing the
    > interrupts, then offline that CPU. The kernel does not reroute the IRQ
    > to any of the other CPUs and the device also hangs.

    Is this a theory or did you observe this problem happening?


    > The furthest that I've dug is that it works on 2.6.17 and is broken in
    > 2.6.22-rc3 and 2.6.21. Will git-bisect further, but I wanted to know if
    > anyone else has seen this sort of problem. afaik, this seems to happen
    > with both IOAPIC and MSI interrupts, possibly more.
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