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SubjectRe: nmi_watchdog=2 regression in 2.6.21
Bjorn,

It looks like we need to revisit the patch that makes the NMI
watchdog use the 2nd counter (PERFREVTSEL1/PMC1) for architectural
perfmon.

The Intel Core Duo processor has a bug (AE49) with the enable bit of the 2nd
counter not working. The Core 2 Duo/Quad processors also implement architectural
perfmon but they do not have the bug. Furthermore, they implement PEBS which
requires the use of the 1st counter.

I think we need to distinguish the 2 situtations. For Core Duo use the 1st counter,
for other architectural perfmon processor use the 2nd. That means we cannot simply
rely on X86_FEATURE_ARCH_PERFMON we need to check family/model number.

Thanks.


On Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 11:30:35AM -0700, Daniel Walker wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-08-28 at 10:05 -0700, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> > Daniel,
> >
> > On Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 07:34:44AM -0700, Daniel Walker wrote:
> > > On Tue, 2007-08-28 at 02:12 -0700, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> > > > Daniel,
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 04:07:54PM -0700, Daniel Walker wrote:
> > > > > On Mon, 2007-08-27 at 15:55 -0700, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Yet the model name looks strange. So we need to run one more test,
> > > > > > as the fam/model is not enough. What we need to check is whether or
> > > > > > not this processor implements architectural perfmon or not.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Could you please compile and run the attached program and send me
> > > > > > the output?
> > > > >
> > > > > The output below is all the output ..
> > > > >
> > > > > eax=0x7280201: version=1 num_cnt=2
> > > > >
> > > > Then you have a Core Duo processor and the commit from Bjorn should
> > > > fix the problem. If it does not, then there is something else wrong.
> > > > Unfortunately, I do not have a Core Duo machine to try and reproduce.
> > >
> > > There must be something else wrong, cause the problem persists .. As I
> > > said in past emails to Bjorn, I tested his commit in git, as well as the
> > > latest git all with the same issue (as well as bisecting git)..
> > >
> > > If the hardware is buggy then we need some way to determine that..
> > >
> > Could you instrument check_nmi_watchdog() to verify that you terminate
> > this function? Normally there is a safety mechanism in there.
> >
> > Another possibility is that you get flooded with NMI interrupts and
> > do not make forward progress.
>
> Here is some output from my boot log,
>
> md: raid1 personality registered for level 1
> device-mapper: ioctl: 4.11.0-ioctl (2006-10-12) initialised: dm-devel@redhat.com
> ip_tables: (C) 2000-2006 Netfilter Core Team
> TCP cubic registered
> NET: Registered protocol family 1
> NET: Registered protocol family 17
> Testing NMI watchdog ... CPU#0: NMI appears to be stuck (0->0)!
> CPU#1: NMI appears to be stuck (0->0)!
> CPU#2: NMI appears to be stuck (0->0)!
> CPU#3: NMI appears to be stuck (0->0)!
> Starting balanced_irq
> <hangs>
>
> So it does appear to make it out of the check_nmi_watchdog() function
> even tho there is a problem with the watchdog .. "Starting balance_irq"
> is in balanced_irq_init(). It usually hangs at this spot , but with
> initcall_debug on it once hung a little further down ..
>
> It seems like there might be some other interrupt going off too early,
> that causes the system to hang..
>
> As you can see from the log above, this system is a quad.. Two physical
> cpus each with two cores.
>
> Daniel

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-Stephane
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