RE: [PATCH v2 2/2] mce: acpi/apei: Add a boot option to disable ffmode for corrected errors

From: Luck, Tony
Date: Wed Jun 19 2013 - 17:29:07 EST

> Ok, where is that semantics? What in a CPER record does say "this error
> should tell you that you need to offline the containing page and I'm
> telling you this exactly only once"? Error Severity 0, i.e. Recoverable?

Naveen - this one is for you (or for your BIOS team). Can you get us a sample
CPER that you plan to provide when the BIOS decides that its threshold has
been exceeded? How will it be different from what old WSM-EX platforms
were sending to us? Hopefully the answer is encoded in the CPER record
and not in some code we have to put in Linux to say "if (IBMplatform) do_thing_1(); else ... "

> Ok, we're talking about the S in RAS now. Do we have error recovery
> strategies specified anywhere? Are they per-platform or generic? Is this
> CPER strategy above, for example, only valid for some platforms or for
> all APEI-using hardware?

mcelog(8) daemon has been doing this for years ... but it used the "predictive
failure analysis" buzzwords that were popular way back then (today the
marketing people seem to prefer "self healing" ). Whatever the name, the
concept is the same ... take some set of corrected event reports and infer
from them that something worse may happen soon, and use that information
to try to avoid the (possibly) impending crash.

> Questions over questions...

Questions are good - they help fill out gaps

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