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SubjectRe: BUG cxgb3: Check and handle the dma mapping errors
On 08/05/2013 11:41 AM, Jay Fenlason wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 05, 2013 at 12:59:04PM +1000, Alexey Kardashevskiy wrote:
>> Hi!
>>
>> Recently I started getting multiple errors like this:
>>
>> cxgb3 0006:01:00.0: iommu_alloc failed, tbl c000000003067980 vaddr
>> c000001fbdaaa882 npages 1
>> cxgb3 0006:01:00.0: iommu_alloc failed, tbl c000000003067980 vaddr
>> c000001fbdaaa882 npages 1
>> cxgb3 0006:01:00.0: iommu_alloc failed, tbl c000000003067980 vaddr
>> c000001fbdaaa882 npages 1
>> cxgb3 0006:01:00.0: iommu_alloc failed, tbl c000000003067980 vaddr
>> c000001fbdaaa882 npages 1
>> cxgb3 0006:01:00.0: iommu_alloc failed, tbl c000000003067980 vaddr
>> c000001fbdaaa882 npages 1
>> cxgb3 0006:01:00.0: iommu_alloc failed, tbl c000000003067980 vaddr
>> c000001fbdaaa882 npages 1
>> cxgb3 0006:01:00.0: iommu_alloc failed, tbl c000000003067980 vaddr
>> c000001fbdaaa882 npages 1
>> ... and so on
>>
>> This is all happening on a PPC64 "powernv" platform machine. To trigger the
>> error state, it is enough to _flood_ ping CXGB3 card from another machine
>> (which has Emulex 10Gb NIC + Cisco switch). Just do "ping -f 172.20.1.2"
>> and wait 10-15 seconds.
>>
>>
>> The messages are coming from arch/powerpc/kernel/iommu.c and basically
>> mean that the driver requested more pages than the DMA window has which is
>> normally 1GB (there could be another possible source of errors -
>> ppc_md.tce_build callback - but on powernv platform it always succeeds).
>>
>>
>> The patch after which it broke is:
>> commit f83331bab149e29fa2c49cf102c0cd8c3f1ce9f9
>> Author: Santosh Rastapur <santosh@chelsio.com>
>> Date: Tue May 21 04:21:29 2013 +0000
>> cxgb3: Check and handle the dma mapping errors
>>
>> Any quick ideas? Thanks!
> That patch adds error checking to detect failed dma mapping requests.
> Before it, the code always assumed that dma mapping requests succeded,
> whether they actually do or not, so the fact that the older kernel
> does not log errors only means that the failures are being ignored,
> and any appearance of working is through pure luck. The machine could
> have just crashed at that point.
>
> What is the observed behavior of the system by the machine initiating
> the ping flood? Do the older and newer kernels differ in the
> percentage of pings that do not receive replies? O the newer kernel,
> when the mapping errors are detected, the packet that it is trying to
> transmit is dropped, but I'm not at all sure what happens on the older
> kernel after the dma mapping fails. As I mentioned earlier, I'm
> surprised it does not crash. Perhaps the folks from Chelsio have a
> better idea what happens after a dma mapping error is ignored?

Hi,

It should definitely not be ignored. It should not happen this reliably
either.
I wonder if we are not hitting a leak of iommu entries.

Cheers,
Divy


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