Re: 2.6.17-1.2145_FC5 mmap-related soft lockup

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Sun Jul 16 2006 - 01:57:24 EST

On Sat, 15 Jul 2006 10:07:26 -0700
"Gary Funck" <gary@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> A test program which allocates about 256M of MAP_ANONYMOUS mmap memory,
> and then spawns 4 processess, where each process i writes to 1/4 of the
> mapped memory, and then reads the memory written by
> the process (i + 1)%4, triggers a soft lockup, when exiting.
> Hardware:
> dual core dual Opteron 275 (Tyan motherboard, 4G physical memory)
> has been rock solid reliable.
> BUG: soft lockup detected on CPU#3!
> Call Trace: <IRQ> <ffffffff802b2fb5>{softlockup_tick+219}
> <ffffffff8029708e>{update_process_times+66}
> <ffffffff8027a3ed>{smp_local_timer_interrupt+35}
> <ffffffff8027aa95>{smp_apic_timer_interrupt+65}
> <ffffffff80263acb>{apic_timer_interrupt+135} <EOI>
> <ffffffff8020e578>{__set_page_dirty_nobuffers+0}
> <ffffffff8026a128>{_write_unlock_irq+11}
> <ffffffff8020e62d>{__set_page_dirty_nobuffers+181}
> <ffffffff80207af6>{unmap_vmas+1037}
> <ffffffff8023c7d9>{exit_mmap+120} <ffffffff8023eda8>{mmput+44}
> <ffffffff80215ece>{do_exit+599}
> <ffffffff8024cacd>{debug_mutex_init+0}
> <ffffffff80262f01>{tracesys+209}
> ..
> The test program runs successfully, but hangs several seconds upon exit.
> The hardware and software configuration has been solid for several months,
> but
> we have seen timer-related synchronization issues with recent kernels (where
> ntp has to force a re-sync for example, and an occasional lost ticks
> message).
> The test program mentioned above is more complicated than described, and
> can't easily be reproduced in source form, but the binary could be
> made available.

ah-hah. This sounds like the write_lock(tree_lock) starvation bug.

Are you able to confirm that setting CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK=n fixes it?

And are you able to get us a copy of that test app?

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