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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] arm64: defconfig: Disable fine-grained task level IRQ time accounting
On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 10:40:29AM +0200, Kurt Kanzenbach wrote:
> Hi Alison,
>
> On Wed Jul 29 2020, Alison Wang wrote:
> > In the current arm64 defconfig, CONFIG_IRQ_TIME_ACCOUNTING is enabled as
> > default. According to my tests on NXP's LayerScape and i.MX platforms,
> > the system hangs when running the command "stress-ng --hrtimers 1" with
> > CONFIG_IRQ_TIME_ACCOUNTING enabled. Disabling this option, the issue
> > disappears. CONFIG_IRQ_TIME_ACCOUNTING causes serious performance impact
> > when running hrtimer stress test at the same time.
>
> I think instead of disabling the option for all arm64 devices, it might
> be better to analyze the root-cause why the hrtimer test hangs when this
> option is enabled.
>
> +Cc hrtimer maintainers: Thomas and Anna-Maria
>
> Thanks,
> Kurt

For more context, here is my original report of the issue:
https://lkml.org/lkml/2020/6/4/1062

Just like you, I could not reproduce the RCU stalls and system hang on a
5.6-rt kernel, just on mainline and derivatives, using the plain
defconfig.

The issue is not specific to Layerscape or i.MX8, but rather I was able
to see the same behavior on Marvell Armada 37xx as well as Qualcomm
MSM8976.

So, while of course I agree that disabling IRQ time accounting for arm64
isn't a real solution, it isn't by far an exaggerated proposal either.
Nonetheless, the patch is just a RFC and should be treated as such. We
are at a loss when it comes to debugging this any further and we would
appreciate some pointers.

Thanks,
-Vladimir

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