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Subjectspinlock BUG in qdisc_restart
Hi list,

I am doing experimental work on the bcm5700 network driver. I am using
3Com NICs. My machine has two NICs. The machine is simply forwarding
the incoming packets from one NIC to the other one.
I want to process all the incoming packets at the interrupt level and
not using softirqs. I changed the call sequence accordingly in the
bcm5700 driver.

I got the following bug and the system hanged (I got this from

BUG: spinlock trylock failure on UP on CPU#0, swapper/0
lock: d11f014c, .magic: dead4ead, .owner: swapper/0, .owner_cpu: 0
[<c01bec44>] _raw_spin_trylock+0x37/0x3b
[<c02d6343>] _spin_trylock+0x5/0xe
[<c0291117>] qdisc_restart+0x3c/0x1b5
[<c0284038>] dev_queue_xmit+0xf2/0x207
[<c029fb25>] ip_output+0x1cc/0x224
[<c029e1a7>] ip_forward+0x383/0x3e2
[<c029cf2f>] ip_rcv+0x38e/0x3ea
[<c02845af>] netif_receive_skb+0x1fc/0x23e
[<e033b560>] MM_IndicateRxPackets+0x2be/0x379 [bcm5700]
[<e0342c26>] LM_ServiceInterrupts+0xac/0xc5 [bcm5700]
[<e0337768>] bcm5700_interrupt+0x13c/0x2bd [bcm5700]
[<c0135ce2>] handle_IRQ_event+0x23/0x4c
[<c0135d85>] __do_IRQ+0x7a/0xcd
[<c0103eea>] do_IRQ+0x5c/0x77
[<c0102d6a>] common_interrupt+0x1a/0x20
[<c02d007b>] unix_sock_destructor+0x4a/0xb3
[<c02d6402>] _spin_unlock_irqrestore+0xa/0xc

I tried different things to solve this issue like using tasklets for
transmitting packets instead of transmitting them directly. Every time
I get a different bug or kernel panic :(
I tried also one suggestion from the mailing list of using spin_trylock_irqsave
and spin_trylock_irqrestore. But that also did not solve the problem.

The problem is that function qdisc_restart is being preempted and
called again on the same CPU. I have only one CPU core and I am using
kernel 2.6.15.
It seems to me that the interrupts initiated by the NIC driver are the
reason for this. But, From the driver code, I can see that the
interrupts are disabled before calling MM_IndicateRxPackets. This
function is responsible for processing the packets and calling
netif_receive_skb for further processing (look at the trace). I got
also this error:
Dead loop on netdevice eth0, fix it urgently!

Is there any other source for preempting qdisc_restart other than
hadware interrupts from the NIC? Is it possible that having two NICs
in this setup is causing this problem? Any ideas or suggestions are

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