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SubjectNetwork lockup under load
Hi Dave,
I traced (git bisect) a networking lockup I have been
suffering from to the attached patch, introduced between
2.6.13-rc1-git7 and 2.6.13-rc2.

The lockup consists of all processes doing IO to any
TCP socket stalling out forever. Processes not using
networking continue to run normally.

To trigger the lockup, I do a 'scp -rp' of the kernel
tree from a machine with a defective kernel to any other
machine. It triggers anywhere after the first file
transfered, to perhaps 30 files transfered.

I suspect there is something unusual in my configuration,
or perhaps my hardware, that is contributing to the
problem, since otherwise many others would have reported
such a serious failure by now. I have PREEMPT and SMP
turned on, my machine is a Dell PowerEdge 2600 w/ 4 virtual
CPUs, Intel 82544GC Gigabit Ethernet.

Regards,
Joe

tree 160f85e7d9ec1df2432b4dd3fae315812558bd10
parent b8259d9ad1d0f8d0c5ea0e37bb15080b0bd395b5
author David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net> Wed, 06 Jul 2005 05:17:25 -0700
committer David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net> Wed, 06 Jul 2005 05:17:25 -0700

[TCP]: Simplify SKB data portion allocation with NETIF_F_SG.

The ideal and most optimal layout for an SKB when doing
scatter-gather is to put all the headers at skb->data, and
all the user data in the page array.

This makes SKB splitting and combining extremely simple,
especially before a packet goes onto the wire the first
time.

So, when sk_stream_alloc_pskb() is given a zero size, make
sure there is no skb_tailroom(). This is achieved by applying
SKB_DATA_ALIGN() to the header length used here.

Next, make select_size() in TCP output segmentation use a
length of zero when NETIF_F_SG is true on the outgoing
interface.

Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>


2.6.13-rc1-git7-jak/include/net/sock.h | 7 +++++--
2.6.13-rc1-git7-jak/net/ipv4/tcp.c | 13 ++-----------
2 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)

diff -puNa include/net/sock.h~SimplifySKB.data.portion.allocation.with.NETIF_F_SG include/net/sock.h
--- 2.6.13-rc1-git7/include/net/sock.h~SimplifySKB.data.portion.allocation.with.NETIF_F_SG 2005-11-21 17:53:41.000000000 -0500
+++ 2.6.13-rc1-git7-jak/include/net/sock.h 2005-11-21 17:53:41.000000000 -0500
@@ -1134,13 +1134,16 @@ static inline void sk_stream_moderate_sn
static inline struct sk_buff *sk_stream_alloc_pskb(struct sock *sk,
int size, int mem, int gfp)
{
- struct sk_buff *skb = alloc_skb(size + sk->sk_prot->max_header, gfp);
+ struct sk_buff *skb;
+ int hdr_len;

+ hdr_len = SKB_DATA_ALIGN(sk->sk_prot->max_header);
+ skb = alloc_skb(size + hdr_len, gfp);
if (skb) {
skb->truesize += mem;
if (sk->sk_forward_alloc >= (int)skb->truesize ||
sk_stream_mem_schedule(sk, skb->truesize, 0)) {
- skb_reserve(skb, sk->sk_prot->max_header);
+ skb_reserve(skb, hdr_len);
return skb;
}
__kfree_skb(skb);
diff -puNa net/ipv4/tcp.c~SimplifySKB.data.portion.allocation.with.NETIF_F_SG net/ipv4/tcp.c
--- 2.6.13-rc1-git7/net/ipv4/tcp.c~SimplifySKB.data.portion.allocation.with.NETIF_F_SG 2005-11-21 17:53:41.000000000 -0500
+++ 2.6.13-rc1-git7-jak/net/ipv4/tcp.c 2005-11-21 17:53:48.000000000 -0500
@@ -756,13 +756,9 @@ static inline int select_size(struct soc
{
int tmp = tp->mss_cache_std;

- if (sk->sk_route_caps & NETIF_F_SG) {
- int pgbreak = SKB_MAX_HEAD(MAX_TCP_HEADER);
+ if (sk->sk_route_caps & NETIF_F_SG)
+ tmp = 0;

- if (tmp >= pgbreak &&
- tmp <= pgbreak + (MAX_SKB_FRAGS - 1) * PAGE_SIZE)
- tmp = pgbreak;
- }
return tmp;
}

@@ -872,11 +868,6 @@ new_segment:
tcp_mark_push(tp, skb);
goto new_segment;
} else if (page) {
- /* If page is cached, align
- * offset to L1 cache boundary
- */
- off = (off + L1_CACHE_BYTES - 1) &
- ~(L1_CACHE_BYTES - 1);
if (off == PAGE_SIZE) {
put_page(page);
TCP_PAGE(sk) = page = NULL;
_
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