Re: [QUESTION ON BUG] the rcu stall issue could not be reproduced

From: Mike Galbraith
Date: Fri Jul 20 2012 - 05:28:32 EST

On Fri, 2012-07-20 at 16:30 +0800, Michael Wang wrote:
> On 07/20/2012 03:00 PM, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> > On Fri, 2012-07-20 at 11:09 +0800, Michael Wang wrote:
> >> Hi, Mike, Martin, Dan
> >>
> >> I'm currently taking an eye on the rcu stall issue which was reported by
> >> you in the mail:
> >>
> >> rcu: endless stalls
> >> From: Mike Galbraith
> >> linux-3.4-rc7: rcu_sched self-detected stall on CPU
> >> From: Martin Mokrejs
> >> RCU stalls in linux-next
> >> From: Dan Carpenter
> >>
> >> I try to reproduce the issue on my X86 server with 12 cpu
> >
> > The 'endless stalls' box was 341.33333 times larger. Dunno if you can
> > even set a serial port slow enough to approximate all cores trying to
> > gripe through a single pinhole simultaneously.
> Hi, Mike
> Thanks for your reply.
> So you mean this issue is still existing on you box and you can see it
> without doing any special things?

It's not my box (thank god). It was initially triggered by tasks
exiting simultaneously on all cores. They jammed up, endless stall

> I just want to try to reproduce it but it's impossible for me to get
> some hardware as yours...
> So is there any idea on how to reproduce it on normal hardware?

No, AFAIK this problem is restricted to size XXL boxen, with all the
joys that come along with having way too many CPUs.


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