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SubjectRe: Mass udp flow reboot linux with RealTek RTL-8169 Gigabit
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On Wed, 2011-02-23 at 13:21 +0100, Hans Nieser wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-02-23 at 10:55 +0100, Francois Romieu wrote:
> > Hans Nieser <hnsr@xs4all.nl> :
> > [...]
> > > With your patches applied to 2.6.38-rc6, I have gathered some of the
> > > info you requested from Seblu as well, I hope it's helpful:
> > >
> > > 1: see attachment
> >
> > Ok.
> >
> > The chipset requires no trivial last minute regression fix (yet).
> >
> > > 2: I'm not sure how to check the size of the packets, but I'm just
> > > fetching a (large) file over http/tcp, so I guess they are mostly of the
> > > size of my MTU which is 1500 looking at ifconfig output
> >
> > Fine.
> >
> > Your testcases are always based on a real download, whence including some
> > disk activity, as opposed to a pure network test, right ?
>
> Yeah, I just had a little script that wgetted a file from a webserver in
> my LAN and saved it to separate (non-root) fs, then removed it - in a
> loop. When testing on the 2.6.35 and 2.6.35.9 kernels it did max out at
> about 107MiB/s, sometimes falling down a little presumably when disk was
> being touched.
>
> > > For the other vmstat/ethtool/interrupts output, I started the following
> > > commands remotely via ssh a second or two before starting the download,
> > > and the machine locked up a few seconds later:
> >
> > SysRq is enabled (/etc/sysctl.conf::kernel.sysrq = 1), the computer was
> > switched back on a no-X console before the test. Then the keyboard leds
> > ignore keypresses and the sysrq keys don't display anything in the
> > console, right ?
>
> Yep I had X shutdown and switched to VT1, after lock up the LEDs can't
> be toggled anymore and sysrq key combo was nonresponsive (it works if I
> do it before it locks up)
>
> > You may enable PCIEASPM_DEBUG, force 'pcie_aspm=off' and switch from
> > SLUB to SLAB but it's a bit cargo-cultish.
>
> I'll give that a try this evening
>
> > A bisection could help. Bisecting 2.6.35 .. 2.6.35.9 may be enough if
> > 2.6.35.9 works well.
>
> Hmm did you mean bisecting 2.6.36 - 2.6.35.9 ? Since with 2.6.36 and
> above I can get the machine to hang within seconds and performance is
> really bad (10-20MiB/s with wget), while with 2.6.35.9 and 2.6.35
> performance was really good (reaching 107MiB/s most of the time) and
> lock up took 5-10 minutes instead of seconds (I guess I didn't mention
> this in my last e-mail but I managed to get both 2.6.35 and 2.6.35.9 to
> lock up eventually) - but I guess something changed between .35 and .36
> that made the issue easier to trigger.
>
> I can also try even older kernels to see if there is one that doesn't
> lock up at all
>

Ok, I just tried 2.6.34, and after over 5 hours of running my script,
the system is still up and running, with only 24 'link up' messages on
dmesg, and having transferred 2.1TiB of data (1428042421 rx_packets, 45
rx_missed). So I'm going to assume the problem isn't present with this
kernel and try a bisect between it and 2.6.35



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