[PATCH] powerpc: irq work racing with timer interrupt can result in timer interrupt hang
paulus at samba.org
Sat May 10 16:33:37 EST 2014
On Fri, May 09, 2014 at 03:08:45PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Fri, May 09, 2014 at 11:50:05PM +0200, Gabriel Paubert wrote:
> > On Fri, May 09, 2014 at 06:41:13AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > On Fri, May 09, 2014 at 05:47:12PM +1000, Anton Blanchard wrote:
> > > > I am seeing an issue where a CPU running perf eventually hangs.
> > > > Traces show timer interrupts happening every 4 seconds even
> > > > when a userspace task is running on the CPU.
> > >
> > > Is this by chance every 4.2 seconds? The reason I ask is that
> > > Paul Clarke and I are seeing an interrupt every 4.2 seconds when
> > > he runs NO_HZ_FULL, and are trying to get rid of it. ;-)
> > Hmmm, it's close to 2^32 nanoseconds, isnt't it suspiscious?
> Now that you mention it... ;-)
> So you are telling me that we are not succeeding in completely turning
> off the decrementer interrupt?
There is no way to turn off the decrementer interrupt without turning
off external (device) interrupts.
On IBM Power CPUs since POWER6, the decrementer runs at 512MHz. If
you set the decrementer to 0x7fffffff it will interrupt in 4.194
seconds, so that would be what you're seeing. The only way to avoid
the interrupt becoming pending is to keep on setting it to a large
value before it gets to -1.
If an interrupt every 4.2 seconds is a problem in some applications,
then we need to talk to the Power architects.
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