RE: [RFC PATCH] x86, entry: Switch stacks on a paranoid entry from userspace

From: Luck, Tony
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 - 13:31:55 EST

>> The lost cpu is *really* lost. Warm reset doesn't fix the machine, I usually
>> have to do a full power cycle.

> How is it even possible that I did that with a few lines of asm?

Probably not your directly your fault - some cascade of errors may have occurred.

> Could this be a hardware bug? Is there some condition that causes #MC
> delivery to wedge hard enough that even INIT/RESET stops working? Or
> possibly some CPU got stuck in SMM -- I have no idea what warm reset
> does these days.

I'm not even sure what kind of reset the remote management i/f I used
actually applied.

> Here's the patch to improve the timeout messages, but given the degree
> of wedgedness, I can guess what it'll say:

Heh - I'd already put in some hacky printk()s to do similar. Mine aren't upstream quality, but do print the value of mce_callin/mce_executing
as appropriate. But I got some confusing results - reporter complained that only 142 of 144 had shown up. So two threads missing,
maybe means one core went into h/w shutdown. Need to dig further to see if the missing duo really are from the same core.