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Subject[PATCH 3.18 018/104] IB/mlx4: Increase the timeout for CM cache
[ 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 56a593e0ae5d..2aedbd18ffbc 100644
--- a/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
+++ b/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
@@ -39,7 +39,7 @@

#include "mlx4_ib.h"


struct id_map_entry {
struct rb_node node;

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