Re: Regression in 3.15 on POWER8 with multipath SCSI

From: Alexey Kardashevskiy
Date: Tue Jul 08 2014 - 23:55:37 EST

On 07/08/2014 08:28 PM, Junichi Nomura wrote:
> On 07/02/14 04:39, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 30 2014 at 6:30am -0400,
>> Paul Mackerras <paulus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> I have a machine on which 3.15 usually fails to boot, and 3.14 boots
>>> every time. The machine is a POWER8 2-socket server with 20 cores
>>> (thus 160 CPUs), 128GB of RAM, and 7 SCSI disks connected via a
>>> hardware-RAID-capable adapter which appears as two IPR controllers
>>> which are both connected to each disk. I am booting from a disk that
>>> has Fedora 20 installed on it.
>>> After over two weeks of bisections, I can finally point to the commits
>>> that cause the problems. The culprits are:
>>> 3e9f1be1 dm mpath: remove process_queued_ios()
>>> e8099177 dm mpath: push back requests instead of queueing
>>> bcccff93 kobject: don't block for each kobject_uevent
>>> The interesting thing is that neither e8099177 nor bcccff93 cause
>>> failures on their own, but with both commits in there are failures
>>> where the system will fail to find /home on some occasions.
>>> With 3e9f1be1 included, the system appears to be prone to a deadlock
>>> condition which typically causes the boot process to hang with this
>>> message showing:
>>> A start job is running for Monitoring of LVM2 mirror...rogress polling
>>> (with a [*** ] thing before it where the asterisks move back and
>>> forth).
>>> If I revert 63d832c3 ("dm mpath: really fix lockdep warning") ,
>>> 4cdd2ad7 ("dm mpath: fix lock order inconsistency in
>>> multipath_ioctl"), 3e9f1be1 and bcccff93, in that order, I get a
>>> kernel that will boot every time. The first two are later commits
>>> that fix some problems with 3e9f1be1 (though not the problems I am
>>> seeing).
>>> Can anyone see any reason why e8099177 and bcccff93 would interfere
>>> with each other?
>> No, not seeing any obvious relation.
>> But even though you listed e8099177 as a culprit you didn't list it as a
>> commit you reverted. Did you leave e8099177 simply because attempting
>> to revert it fails (if you don't first revert other dm-mpath.c commits)?
>> (btw, Bart Van Assche also has issues with commit e8099177 due to hangs
>> during cable pull testing of mpath devices -- Bart: curious to know if
>> your cable pull tests pass if you just revert bcccff93).
> It seems Bart's issue has gone with the attached patch:
> Could you try if it makes any difference on your issue?
> The problem is dm-mpath's state machine stall due to e8099177
> but ioctl to the device can kick the state machine running again.
> That might be related to why bcccff93 affects the reproducibility.
> Also, 3e9f1be1 integrates some codes into the one which is affected
> by this problem. So it makes sense why the problem becomes easier
> to occur with that.
> -
> Jun'ichi Nomura, NEC Corporation
> pg_ready() checks the current state of the multipath and may return
> false even if a new IO is needed to change the state.
> OTOH, if multipath_busy() returns busy, a new IO will not be sent
> to multipath target and the state change won't happen. That results
> in lock up.
> The intent of multipath_busy() is to avoid unnecessary cycles of
> dequeue + request_fn + requeue if it is known that multipath device
> will requeue.
> Such situation would be:
> - path group is being activated
> - there is no path and the multipath is setup to requeue if no path
> This patch should fix the problem introduced as a part of this commit:
> commit e809917735ebf1b9a56c24e877ce0d320baee2ec
> dm mpath: push back requests instead of queueing
> diff --git a/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c b/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c
> index ebfa411..d58343e 100644
> --- a/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c
> +++ b/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c
> @@ -1620,8 +1620,9 @@ static int multipath_busy(struct dm_target *ti)
> spin_lock_irqsave(&m->lock, flags);
> - /* pg_init in progress, requeue until done */
> - if (!pg_ready(m)) {
> + /* pg_init in progress or no paths available */
> + if (m->pg_init_in_progress ||
> + (!m->nr_valid_paths && m->queue_if_no_path)) {
> busy = 1;
> goto out;
> }

This patch fixes IPR SCSI for my POWER8 box, e8099177 was the problem.

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