[REGRESSION] nfsd crashing with 3.6.0-rc7 on PowerPC

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Tue Oct 2 10:58:29 EST 2012

On Mon, 2012-10-01 at 16:03 +0200, Alexander Graf wrote:
> Phew. Here we go :). It looks to be more of a PPC specific problem than it appeared as at first:

Ok, so I suspect the problem is the pushing down of the locks which
breaks with iommu backends that have a separate flush callback. In
that case, the flush moves out of the allocator lock.

Now we do call flush before we return, still, but it becomes racy
I suspect, but somebody needs to give it a closer look. I'm hoping
Anton or Nish will later today.


> b4c3a8729ae57b4f84d661e16a192f828eca1d03 is first bad commit
> commit b4c3a8729ae57b4f84d661e16a192f828eca1d03
> Author: Anton Blanchard <anton at samba.org>
> Date:   Thu Jun 7 18:14:48 2012 +0000
>     powerpc/iommu: Implement IOMMU pools to improve multiqueue adapter performance
>     At the moment all queues in a multiqueue adapter will serialise
>     against the IOMMU table lock. This is proving to be a big issue,
>     especially with 10Gbit ethernet.
>     This patch creates 4 pools and tries to spread the load across
>     them. If the table is under 1GB in size we revert back to the
>     original behaviour of 1 pool and 1 largealloc pool.
>     We create a hash to map CPUs to pools. Since we prefer interrupts to
>     be affinitised to primary CPUs, without some form of hashing we are
>     very likely to end up using the same pool. As an example, POWER7
>     has 4 way SMT and with 4 pools all primary threads will map to the
>     same pool.
>     The largealloc pool is reduced from 1/2 to 1/4 of the space to
>     partially offset the overhead of breaking the table up into pools.
>     Some performance numbers were obtained with a Chelsio T3 adapter on
>     two POWER7 boxes, running a 100 session TCP round robin test.
>     Performance improved 69% with this patch applied.
>     Signed-off-by: Anton Blanchard <anton at samba.org>
>     Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh at kernel.crashing.org>
> :040000 040000 039ae3cbdcfded9c6b13e58a3fc67609f1b587b0 6755a8c4a690cc80dcf834d1127f21db925476d6 M	arch
> Alex

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