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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 1/1] genirq: Make threaded handler use irq affinity for managed interrupt
On 2019-12-23 10:26, John Garry wrote:
>>>> > I've also managed to trigger some of them now that I have access
>>>> to
>>>> > a decent box with nvme storage.
>>>> I only have 2x NVMe SSDs when this occurs - I should not be
>>>> hitting this...
>>>> Out of curiosity, have you tried
>>>> > with the SMMU disabled? I'm wondering whether we hit some
>>>> livelock
>>>> > condition on unmapping buffers...
>>>> No, but I can give it a try. Doing that should lower the CPU
>>>> usage, though,
>>>> so maybe masks the issue - probably not.
>>> Lots of CPU lockup can is performance issue if there isn't obvious
>>> bug.
>>> I am wondering if you may explain it a bit why enabling SMMU may
>>> save
>>> CPU a it?
>> The other way around. mapping/unmapping IOVAs doesn't comes for
>> free.
>> I'm trying to find out whether the NVMe map/unmap patterns trigger
>> something unexpected in the SMMU driver, but that's a very long
>> shot.
> So I tested v5.5-rc3 with and without the SMMU enabled, and without
> the SMMU enabled I don't get the lockup.

OK, so my hunch wasn't completely off... At least we have something
to look into.


> Obviously this is not conclusive, especially with such limited
> testing - 5 minute runs each. The CPU load goes up when disabling the
> SMMU, but that could be attributed to extra throughput (1183K ->
> 1539K) loading.
> I do notice that since we complete the NVMe request in irq context,
> we also do the DMA unmap, i.e. talk to the SMMU, in the same context,
> which is less than ideal.

It depends on how much overhead invalidating the TLB adds to the
equation, but we should be able to do some tracing and find out.

> I need to finish for the Christmas break today, so can't check this
> much further ATM.

No worries. May I suggest creating a new thread in the new year, maybe
involving Robin and Will as well?


Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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