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SubjectTG3 data corruption (TSO ?)
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Hi !

I've been chasing with Segher a data corruption problem lately.
Basically transferring huge amount of data (several Gb) and I get
corrupted data at the rx side. I cannot tell for sure wether what I've
been observing here is the same problem that segher's been seing on is
blades, he will confirm or not. He also seemed to imply that reverting
to an older kernel on the -receiver- side fixed it, which makes me
wonder, since it's looks really like a sending side problem (see
explanation below), if some change in, for exmaple, window scaling,
might hide or trigger it.

Now, first, I've been playing with ssh from /dev/zero on one machine
to /dev/zero on the other. That allowed me to run enough tests all over
the place to have some idea of where the problem comes from since ssh
will shoke at decryption when hitting the corruption.

The base setup where it happens often is 2 Quad G5's connected to a
gigabit switch. Both were running some versions of 2.6.18-rc4 and -rc5
(some random git actually, but see below as I've reproduced the problem
with today's git snapshot which includes the TG3 tx race fix among
others).

I have reproduced with various machines as the receiver. A sungem in a
Dual G5 and a virtual ethernet in a Power5 partition (so the packets go
to an e1000 then routed through an AIX IO server to a virtual
ethernet :) are good examples of "variety" :) I haven't tested with
non-PowerPC machines so far. I've also never been able to reproduce with
TSO disabled on the emitting TG3's

Then, I've hacked tridge "socklib" test program (a simple TCP server
that pushes a known buffer and a simple TCP receiver that connects to it
and reads the data). I've added comparison of the data with what they
are supposed to be on the receiving end. The interesting thing is that
is much faster than ssh or whatever else I tried. ssh or rsync between
those 2 Quad G5s give me about 35Mb/sec while I get to 107Mb/sec average
with the small test program.

The fun thing is, I've not been able to reproduce at all that way. When
the link is pretty much saturated, the problem doesn't occur !

As soon as I introduce a small delay (some crap waiting loop) in the
sender to slow down the throughput to about 80Mb/sec, then the problem
starts occuring every now and then (I don't have precise frquency data
but I get a corruption every couple of gigabytes I'd say).

As for my previous tests, disabling TSO on the sending side "fixes" it.

Below is a dump of what the corruption look like. I've trimmed the
beginning and end of the dumped packet (the receiver does 8k reads). The
0x5a are the expected data, the rest is corruption. They look like
kernel pointers, but that isn't always the case (often though but that
might not be relevant). The size and position within the buffer of the
corrupted data is variable (doesn't seem to be specifically a page or
anything nice and round like that).

I've configured the switch to send all the traffic between the two
machines to a 3rd box and then recorded it with tcpdump (the "spy" uses
an e1000) and I can see the corrupted data in the recorded
traces (the exact same pattern as detected by the receiver). So it seems
very likely at this point that the corruption happens on the sending
side. The TCP checksums are correct I assume. I don't see any error
count on the receiving tg3 nor suspicous message in dmesg indicating
they aren't.

That's all the data I have at this point. I can't guarantee 100% that
it's a TSO bug (it might be a bug that TSO renders visible due to timing
effects) but it looks like it since I've not reproduced yet with TSO
disabled. I'll do an overnight test to confirm that though... sometimes
the bug can take it's time to show up ... I've seen it wait 20Gb before
it kicked in. Also the fact that fully loading the machine never
produced it is strange.... smells like a race.

Cheers,
Ben.

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