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    SubjectRe: upstream regression (IO-APIC?)
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    Hi,

    On Monday 03 November 2008, Alok Kataria wrote:
    > On Sun, 2008-11-02 at 12:24 -0800, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
    > > On Sunday 02 November 2008, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
    > > > On Thursday 30 October 2008, Robert Hancock wrote:
    > > > > Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
    > > > > > The current Linus tree as of commit e946217e4fdaa67681bbabfa8e6b18641921f750
    > > > > > is broken for me. I get either the following panic (see log from qemu below)
    > > > > > or lost IRQs on ATA init... Is this a known issue?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > PS The tree that I used before and was supposedly good (sorry, I'm too tired
    > > > > > to verify it now) had commit 57f8f7b60db6f1ed2c6918ab9230c4623a9dbe37 at head.
    > > >
    > > > Unfortunately 57f8f7b60db6f1ed2c6918ab9230c4623a9dbe37 (v2.6.28-rc1)
    > > > is also bad. Bisecting it further was a real pain (i.e. I hit broken
    > > > build with x86 irqbalance changes, broken build with netfilter nat
    > > > changes and jbd journal problem). In the end it turned out that 2.6.27
    > > > is bad too! However with 2.6.27 the panic occurs only once per several
    > > > attempts and if there is no panic kernel boots normally (no lost IRQs).
    > > >
    > > > [...]
    > > >
    > > > I finally managed to narrow it down to change making x86 use tsc_khz
    > > > for loops_per_jiffy -- commit 3da757daf86e498872855f0b5e101f763ba79499
    > > > ("x86: use cpu_khz for loops_per_jiffy calculation"). This approach
    > > > seems too simplistic (as I see now Arjan & Pavel expressed concerns
    > > > about it back when the patch was posted initially [1][2]). Also it
    > > > would probably be preferred to re-use existing preset_lpj variable
    > > > (just like KVM does it for similar purpose [3]) instead of adding a
    > > > lpj_tsc one and increasing complexity.
    > >
    > > It turned out that I can boot a kernel with different config with
    > > HZ == 250 just fine and switching to HZ == 1000 makes it fail.
    > >
    > >
    > > Looking into it some more:
    > >
    > > HZ == 250 kernel (good):
    > >
    > > Calibrating delay loop (skipped), value calculated using timer frequency.. 2986.79 BogoMIPS (lpj=5973580)
    > >
    > > HZ == 1000 kernel (bad):
    > >
    > > Calibrating delay loop (skipped), using tsc calculated value.. 2990.35 BogoMIPS (lpj=1495176)
    > >
    > > HZ == 1000 kernel with hackyfix (good):
    > >
    > > Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 3016.68 BogoMIPS (lpj=6033376)
    > >
    > >
    > > Argggh... lpj is used for udelay() & friends so this bug is quite
    > > dangerous (since udelay() & friends are used for hardware delays)...
    > >
    > > [ The commit works for HZ == 250 because it does tsc_khz * 1000 / HZ,
    > > tsc_khz * 4 => lpj assumption holds true and there is no frequency
    > > scaling at boot. ]
    > >
    > > The quick fix would be to replace 1000 / HZ by the magic number "4"
    >
    > That's not right, the magic number 4 thing would not be correct.
    > On one of my systems for eg, i get this in dmesg
    >
    > Detected 2010.400 MHz processor.
    > ...
    > Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 4022.47 BogoMIPS
    > (lpj=2011235)
    >
    > This is with an earlier kernel, the HZ value is 1000. And the lpj value
    > that we get from the calculation of (tsc_khz * 1000)/HZ is correct in
    > this case. And on all the systems that i have checked this assumption
    > holds true.

    Yes, I realized this once I tried to reproduce issue on the real h/w.

    > One of the things that i suspect is that you are not using delay_tsc in
    > this case, i.e. tsc is not used for delay which is causing that panic
    >
    > can you please try the patch below on your system ?
    >
    > [test-patch]
    >
    > Index: linux-2.6/arch/x86/kernel/tsc.c
    > ===================================================================
    > --- linux-2.6.orig/arch/x86/kernel/tsc.c 2008-10-15 10:51:14.000000000 -0700
    > +++ linux-2.6/arch/x86/kernel/tsc.c 2008-11-03 09:43:01.000000000 -0800
    > @@ -847,10 +847,6 @@
    > cpu_khz = calibrate_cpu();
    > #endif
    >
    > - lpj = ((u64)tsc_khz * 1000);
    > - do_div(lpj, HZ);
    > - lpj_fine = lpj;
    > -
    > printk("Detected %lu.%03lu MHz processor.\n",
    > (unsigned long)cpu_khz / 1000,
    > (unsigned long)cpu_khz % 1000);
    > @@ -871,6 +867,10 @@
    > tsc_disabled = 0;
    >
    > use_tsc_delay();
    > + lpj = ((u64)tsc_khz * 1000);
    > + do_div(lpj, HZ);
    > + lpj_fine = lpj;
    > +
    > /* Check and install the TSC clocksource */
    > dmi_check_system(bad_tsc_dmi_table);
    > check_system_tsc_reliable();

    Didn't help but it looks like we should apply it anyway
    (so "notsc" continues to work as before).

    Thanks,
    Bart


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