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SubjectRe: [Bug #12650] Strange load average and ksoftirqd behavior with 2.6.29-rc2-git1

Ok, the ksoftirqd/1 stats contain a smoking gun:

ksoftirqd/1 (2280, #threads: 1)
---------------------------------------------------------
se.exec_start : 152642.614531
se.vruntime : 57051.648140
se.sum_exec_runtime : 5741.506722
se.avg_overlap : 0.000000
se.avg_wakeup : 10.000000
se.wait_start : 0.000000
se.sleep_start : 152642.623948
se.block_start : 0.000000
se.sleep_max : 22662.455146
se.block_max : 4096.496408
se.exec_max : 0.016849
se.slice_max : 0.000000
se.wait_max : 0.053862
se.wait_sum : 7899.023463
se.wait_count : 4235574
sched_info.bkl_count : 0
se.nr_migrations : 1
se.nr_migrations_cold : 0
se.nr_failed_migrations_affine : 32
se.nr_failed_migrations_running : 47
se.nr_failed_migrations_hot : 23
se.nr_forced_migrations : 0
se.nr_forced2_migrations : 5
se.nr_wakeups : 4235539
se.nr_wakeups_sync : 0
se.nr_wakeups_migrate : 11
se.nr_wakeups_local : 4235506
se.nr_wakeups_remote : 34
se.nr_wakeups_affine : 4
se.nr_wakeups_affine_attempts : 44
se.nr_wakeups_passive : 7
se.nr_wakeups_idle : 0
avg_atom : 0.001355
avg_per_cpu : 5741.514564
nr_switches : 4235404
nr_voluntary_switches : 4235389
nr_involuntary_switches : 18
se.load.weight : 3121
policy : 0
prio : 115
clock-delta : 295
these bits:

se.sum_exec_runtime : 5741.506722
nr_switches : 4235404
nr_voluntary_switches : 4235389
nr_involuntary_switches : 18

mean that ksoftirqd _really_ ran more than 4 million times since bootup
- that is _highly_ anomalous. It means that scheduler clock is fine, and
that your box is really running a lot of softirq workload.

Here is how it should look like normally. A 16-way testbox with almost
an hour of uptime, running high load with a lot of networking. Its CPU#0
ksoftirqd [the busiest one] has these stats:

se.sum_exec_runtime : 0.523552
nr_switches : 42
nr_voluntary_switches : 42
nr_involuntary_switches : 0

it ran only 42 times. That is a normal ksoftirqd pattern.

I'll check your traces as the next step.

Ingo


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