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SubjectRe: BUG: mm, numa: test segfaults, only when NUMA balancing is on
Hi Alex,

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM, Alex Thorlton <> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I ran into a bug a week or so ago, that I believe has something to do
> with NUMA balancing, but I'm having a tough time tracking down exactly
> what is causing it. When running with the following configuration
> options set:
> # CONFIG_HUGETLBFS is not set
> # CONFIG_HUGETLB_PAGE is not set

What's your kernel version?

> I get intermittent segfaults when running the memscale test that we've
> been using to test some of the THP changes. Here's a link to the test:
> I typically run the test with a line similar to this:
> ./thp_memscale -C 0 -m 0 -c <cores> -b <memory>
> Where <cores> is the number of cores to spawn threads on, and <memory>
> is the amount of memory to reserve from each core. The <memory> field
> can accept values like 512m or 1g, etc. I typically run 256 cores and
> 512m, though I think the problem should be reproducable on anything with
> 128+ cores.
> The test never seems to have any problems when running with hugetlbfs
> on and NUMA balancing off, but it segfaults every once in a while with
> the config options above. It seems to occur more frequently, the more
> cores you run on. It segfaults on about 50% of the runs at 256 cores,
> and on almost every run at 512 cores. The fewest number of cores I've
> seen a segfault on has been 128, though it seems to be rare on this many
> cores.

Could you please attach some logs?

> At this point, I'm not familiar enough with NUMA balancing code to know
> what could be causing this, and we don't typically run with NUMA
> balancing on, so I don't see this in my everyday testing, but I felt
> that it was definitely worth bringing up.
> If anybody has any ideas of where I could poke around to find a
> solution, please let me know.


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