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SubjectRe: bisected crash due to "x86: Move swiotlb initialization before dma32_free_bootmem"
FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 23:47:07 -0800
> Roland Dreier <> wrote:
>> I have a big box (64 threads, 256GB memory) that is crashing early in
>> boot as below. I bisected it down to f4780ca0 ("x86: Move swiotlb
>> initialization before dma32_free_bootmem"); reverting just this commit
>> from the latest git (3ea6b3d0 is what I tested) fixes things.
> Ah, really sorry about that.
>> I haven't tried to debug this yet, but I guess on such a huge box there
>> is not enough memory below 4GB for swiotlb if we don't free the
> Yeah, Yinghai also hit this (his box has more memory than yours).
>> stuff allocated earlier? I don't know why that would be, since the
>> bootmem is grabbing 512MB and I have pretty close to 4GB below 4GB.
>> Anyway, I'm going to go to bed soon, but if you need more information or
>> have anything you want me to try, I will do it tomorrow morning.
> It makes the swiotlb initialization into two stages. I don't like it
> much since I like to avoid complicating the initialization.
> dma32_reserve_bootmem() allocates 128MB for broken GART IOMMU but I
> think 64MB should be enough since broken GART IOMMU allocates
> 64MB. The following simple patch might work too because swiotlb uses
> 64MB.
> With coming huge memory boxes, we might need to work on ZONE_DMA32
> shortage issue anyway (sparse-vmemmap, anything else)?

maybe just revert f4780ca0... for now

actually dma32_free_bootmem will also make sure it will give some buffer to pci_swiotlb_init...


diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/pci-dma.c b/arch/x86/kernel/pci-dma.c
index fcc2f2b..afcc58b 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/pci-dma.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/pci-dma.c
@@ -120,14 +120,11 @@ static void __init dma32_free_bootmem(void)

void __init pci_iommu_alloc(void)
- int use_swiotlb;
- use_swiotlb = pci_swiotlb_init();
#ifdef CONFIG_X86_64
/* free the range so iommu could get some range less than 4G */
- if (use_swiotlb)
+ if (pci_swiotlb_init())


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