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From: Auke Kok <>
To: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
Cc: linux-pci maillist <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Andrew Morton <>, Linus Torvalds <>,
	Jesse Brandeburg <>
Subject: Re: Possible regression: MSI vector leakage since 2.6.18-rc5ish (Unable to repeatedly allocate/free MSI interrupt)
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 11:07:09 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Auke Kok <> writes:
>> Hi,
>> I've established a regression in the MSI vector/irq allocation routine for both
>> i386 and x86_64. Our test labs repeatedly modprobe/rmmod the e1000 driver for
>> serveral minutes which allocates msi vectors and frees them. These tests have
>> been running fine until 2.6.19.
>> git-bisecting I've established that in between commit
>> 04b9267b15206fc902a18de1f78de6c82ca47716 "Eric W. Biederman -- genirq: x86_64
>> irq: Remove the msi assumption that irq == vector" and commit
>> f29bd1ba68c8c6a0f50bd678bbd5a26674018f7c "Ingo Molnar -- genirq: convert the
>> x86_64 architecture to irq-chips" the behaviour broke.
>> The revisions in between seem to be dependent and give all sorts of other
>> issues, so it's rather hard for me to bisect that and give trustworthy results.
>> the e1000 driver hits the 256-mark cycle (I think - it consistently refuses to
>> do 500 msi irq/vector allocations which is my test case) and throws:
>> e1000: eth4: e1000_request_irq: Unable to allocate MSI interrupt Error: -16
>> which is caused by a `if ((err = pci_enable_msi(adapter->pdev))) {` call from
>> the e1000 driver. It's rather easy to hit this mark with the new 4-port e1000
>> adapters :).
>> as for the e1000 code, I can say that even our oldest msi-enabled e1000 driver
>> works fine with 2.6.18 and under. All kernels from 2.6.19 fail consistently.
>> I mostly suspect commit 7bd007e480672c99d8656c7b7b12ef0549432c37 at the
>> moment. Perhaps Eric Biederman can help?
> Does this patch fix it for you?  It looks like i386 vector allocate
> did not have logic to look through the set of vectors more than once.
> The code in this patch is a simplified version of what we have
> on x86_64.

I highly doubt it - I've seen the problem even on this weeks git on x86_64. 
Moreover, I'm at home for the weekend and testing resources are limited :). I'll 
see what I can do


  reply	other threads:[~2007-01-27 19:07 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-01-26 22:38 Auke Kok
2007-01-26 22:50 ` Auke Kok
2007-01-27  9:28 ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-01-27 19:07   ` Auke Kok [this message]
2007-01-27 19:28     ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-01-27 19:39       ` Auke Kok
2007-01-29 19:00   ` Auke Kok
2007-01-29 19:36     ` Linus Torvalds
2007-01-29 19:42       ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-01-29 20:19       ` [PATCH] i386: In assign_irq_vector look at all vectors before giving up Eric W. Biederman

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