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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mlx4_ib: Increase the timeout for CM cache
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> On 6 Feb 2019, at 09:50, Håkon Bugge <haakon.bugge@oracle.com> wrote:
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>> On 5 Feb 2019, at 23:36, Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ziepe.ca> wrote:
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>> On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 06:09:51PM +0100, Håkon Bugge wrote:
>>> Using CX-3 virtual functions, either from a bare-metal machine or
>>> pass-through from a VM, MAD packets are proxied through the PF driver.
>>>
>>> Since the VMs have separate name spaces for MAD Transaction Ids
>>> (TIDs), the PF driver has to re-map the TIDs and keep the book keeping
>>> in a cache.
>>>
>>> Following the RDMA CM protocol, it is clear when an entry has to
>>> evicted form the cache. But life is not perfect, remote peers may die
>>> or be rebooted. Hence, it's a timeout to wipe out a cache entry, when
>>> the PF driver assumes the remote peer has gone.
>>>
>>> We have experienced excessive amount of DREQ retries during fail-over
>>> testing, when running with eight VMs per database server.
>>>
>>> The problem has been reproduced in a bare-metal system using one VM
>>> per physical node. In this environment, running 256 processes in each
>>> VM, each process uses RDMA CM to create an RC QP between himself and
>>> all (256) remote processes. All in all 16K QPs.
>>>
>>> When tearing down these 16K QPs, excessive DREQ retries (and
>>> duplicates) are observed. With some cat/paste/awk wizardry on the
>>> infiniband_cm sysfs, we observe:
>>>
>>> dreq: 5007
>>> cm_rx_msgs:
>>> drep: 3838
>>> dreq: 13018
>>> rep: 8128
>>> req: 8256
>>> rtu: 8256
>>> cm_tx_msgs:
>>> drep: 8011
>>> dreq: 68856
>>> rep: 8256
>>> req: 8128
>>> rtu: 8128
>>> cm_tx_retries:
>>> dreq: 60483
>>>
>>> Note that the active/passive side is distributed.
>>>
>>> Enabling pr_debug in cm.c gives tons of:
>>>
>>> [171778.814239] <mlx4_ib> mlx4_ib_multiplex_cm_handler: id{slave:
>>> 1,sl_cm_id: 0xd393089f} is NULL!
>>>
>>> By increasing the CM_CLEANUP_CACHE_TIMEOUT from 5 to 30 seconds, the
>>> tear-down phase of the application is reduced from 113 to 67
>>> seconds. Retries/duplicates are also significantly reduced:
>>>
>>> cm_rx_duplicates:
>>> dreq: 7726
>>> []
>>> cm_tx_retries:
>>> drep: 1
>>> dreq: 7779
>>>
>>> Increasing the timeout further didn't help, as these duplicates and
>>> retries stem from a too short CMA timeout, which was 20 (~4 seconds)
>>> on the systems. By increasing the CMA timeout to 22 (~17 seconds), the
>>> numbers fell down to about one hundred for both of them.
>>>
>>> Adjustment of the CMA timeout is _not_ part of this commit.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Håkon Bugge <haakon.bugge@oracle.com>
>>> ---
>>> drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c | 2 +-
>>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>
>> Jack? What do you think?
>
> I am tempted to send a v2 making this a sysctl tuneable. This because, full-rack testing using 8 servers, each with 8 VMs, only showed 33% reduction in the occurrences of "mlx4_ib_multiplex_cm_handler: id{slave:1,sl_cm_id: 0xd393089f} is NULL" with this commit.
>
> But sure, Jack's opinion matters.

Jack,

A major contributor to the long processing time in the PF driver proxying QP1 packets is:

create_pv_resources
-> ib_create_cq(ctx->ib_dev, mlx4_ib_tunnel_comp_handler,
NULL, ctx, cq_size, 0);

That is, comp_vector is zero.

Due to commit 6ba1eb776461 ("IB/mlx4: Scatter CQs to different EQs"), the zero comp_vector has the intent of let the mlx4_core driver select the least used vector.

But, in mlx4_ib_create_cq(), we have:

pr_info("eq_table: %p\n", dev->eq_table);
if (dev->eq_table) {
vector = dev->eq_table[mlx4_choose_vector(dev->dev, vector,
ibdev->num_comp_vectors)];
}

cq->vector = vector;

and dev->eq_table is NULL, so all the CQs for the proxy QPs get comp_vector zero.

I have to make some reservations, as this analysis is based on uek4, but I think the code here is equal upstream, but need to double check.


Thxs, Håkon








>
>
> Thxs, Håkon
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>>> diff --git a/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c b/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
>>> index fedaf8260105..8c79a480f2b7 100644
>>> --- a/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
>>> +++ b/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx4/cm.c
>>> @@ -39,7 +39,7 @@
>>>
>>> #include "mlx4_ib.h"
>>>
>>> -#define CM_CLEANUP_CACHE_TIMEOUT (5 * HZ)
>>> +#define CM_CLEANUP_CACHE_TIMEOUT (30 * HZ)
>>>
>>> struct id_map_entry {
>>> struct rb_node node;
>>> --
>>> 2.20.1

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