Re: [PATCH] kernel/watchdog: fix spurious hard lockups

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Tue Jun 20 2017 - 18:04:06 EST

On Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:33:09 -0700 kan.liang@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

> From: Kan Liang <Kan.liang@xxxxxxxxx>
> Some users reported spurious NMI watchdog timeouts.
> We now have more and more systems where the Turbo range is wide enough
> that the NMI watchdog expires faster than the soft watchdog timer that
> updates the interrupt tick the NMI watchdog relies on.
> This problem was originally added by commit 58687acba592
> ("lockup_detector: Combine nmi_watchdog and softlockup detector").
> Previously the NMI watchdog would always check jiffies, which were
> ticking fast enough. But now the backing is quite slow so the expire
> time becomes more sensitive.
> For mainline the right fix is to switch the NMI watchdog to reference
> cycles, which tick always at the same rate independent of turbo mode.
> But this is requires some complicated changes in perf, which are too
> difficult to backport. Since we need a stable fix too just increase the
> NMI watchdog rate here to avoid the spurious timeouts. This is not an
> ideal fix because a 3x as large Turbo range could still fail, but for
> now that's not likely.
> ...
> The right fix for mainline can be found here.
> perf/x86/intel: enable CPU ref_cycles for GP counter
> perf/x86/intel, watchdog: Switch NMI watchdog to ref cycles on x86

Presumably the "right fix" will later be altered to revert this
one-line workaround?