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    Subject[PATCH AUTOSEL 4.14 047/123] IB/mlx4: Increase the timeout for CM cache
    From: Håkon Bugge <>

    [ Upstream commit 2612d723aadcf8281f9bf8305657129bd9f3cd57 ]

    Using CX-3 virtual functions, either from a bare-metal machine or
    pass-through from a VM, MAD packets are proxied through the PF driver.

    Since the VF drivers have separate name spaces for MAD Transaction Ids
    (TIDs), the PF driver has to re-map the TIDs and keep the book keeping
    in a cache.

    Following the RDMA Connection Manager (CM) protocol, it is clear when
    an entry has to evicted form the cache. But life is not perfect,
    remote peers may die or be rebooted. Hence, it's a timeout to wipe out
    a cache entry, when the PF driver assumes the remote peer has gone.

    During workloads where a high number of QPs are destroyed concurrently,
    excessive amount of CM DREQ retries has been observed

    The problem can be demonstrated in a bare-metal environment, where two
    nodes have instantiated 8 VFs each. This using dual ported HCAs, so we
    have 16 vPorts per physical server.

    64 processes are associated with each vPort and creates and destroys
    one QP for each of the remote 64 processes. That is, 1024 QPs per
    vPort, all in all 16K QPs. The QPs are created/destroyed using the

    When tearing down these 16K QPs, excessive CM DREQ retries (and
    duplicates) are observed. With some cat/paste/awk wizardry on the
    infiniband_cm sysfs, we observe as sum of the 16 vPorts on one of the

    dreq 2102
    drep 1989
    dreq 6195
    rep 3968
    req 4224
    rtu 4224
    drep 4093
    dreq 27568
    rep 4224
    req 3968
    rtu 3968
    dreq 23469

    Note that the active/passive side is equally distributed between the
    two nodes.

    Enabling pr_debug in cm.c gives tons of:

    [171778.814239] <mlx4_ib> mlx4_ib_multiplex_cm_handler: id{slave:
    1,sl_cm_id: 0xd393089f} is NULL!

    By increasing the CM_CLEANUP_CACHE_TIMEOUT from 5 to 30 seconds, the
    tear-down phase of the application is reduced from approximately 90 to
    50 seconds. Retries/duplicates are also significantly reduced:

    dreq 2460
    dreq 3010
    req 47

    Increasing the timeout further didn't help, as these duplicates and
    retries stems from a too short CMA timeout, which was 20 (~4 seconds)
    on the systems. By increasing the CMA timeout to 22 (~17 seconds), the
    numbers fell down to about 10 for both of them.

    Adjustment of the CMA timeout is not part of this commit.

    Signed-off-by: Håkon Bugge <>
    Acked-by: Jack Morgenstein <>
    Signed-off-by: Jason Gunthorpe <>
    Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
    drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c | 2 +-
    1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

    diff --git a/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c b/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
    index fedaf8260105..8c79a480f2b7 100644
    --- a/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
    +++ b/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
    @@ -39,7 +39,7 @@

    #include "mlx4_ib.h"

    -#define CM_CLEANUP_CACHE_TIMEOUT (5 * HZ)
    +#define CM_CLEANUP_CACHE_TIMEOUT (30 * HZ)

    struct id_map_entry {
    struct rb_node node;
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