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From: Tony Battersby <>
To: Michael Chan <>,
	Herbert Xu <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
Subject: TG3 network data corruption regression 2.6.24/
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 17:41:08 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

I am experiencing network data corruption with a 3Com 3C996B-T NIC
(Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5701; driver tg3.ko).  I have identified the
following patch as the trigger:

commit fb93134dfc2a6e6fbedc7c270a31da03fce88db9
Author: Herbert Xu <>
Date:   Wed Nov 14 15:45:21 2007 -0800

    [TCP]: Fix size calculation in sk_stream_alloc_pskb
    We round up the header size in sk_stream_alloc_pskb so that
    TSO packets get zero tail room.  Unfortunately this rounding
    up is not coordinated with the select_size() function used by
    TCP to calculate the second parameter of sk_stream_alloc_pskb.
    As a result, we may allocate more than a page of data in the
    non-TSO case when exactly one page is desired.
    In fact, rounding up the head room is detrimental in the non-TSO
    case because it makes memory that would otherwise be available to
    the payload head room.  TSO doesn't need this either, all it wants
    is the guarantee that there is no tail room.
    So this patch fixes this by adjusting the skb_reserve call so that
    exactly the requested amount (which all callers have calculated in
    a precise way) is made available as tail room.
    Signed-off-by: Herbert Xu <>
    Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

This patch was included in 2.6.24 and -stable.  I am
experiencing data corruption with kernels -, 2.6.24 -, and 2.6.25-rc2-git1.  I have verified that reverting the above
patch (by hand) makes the data corruption go away on all affected
kernels (note that in 2.6.25 the function is sk_stream_alloc_skb() in
net/ipv4/tcp.c rather than sk_stream_alloc_pskb() in include/net/sock.h).

(Also note that when testing 2.6.23 -, I had to apply the
individual patch "TG3: Fix performance regression on 5705." from

I do not get data corruption when substituting a SysKonnect 9D21 NIC
(which also uses the tg3.ko driver) or a Intel PRO/1000 82546GB NIC
(which uses the e1000.ko driver).

In addition to the 3Com NIC, my computer has a SCSI HBA with an attached
tape drive.  The network data corruption happens only when reading from
or writing to the tape drive.  I have tried both a LSI MPT Fusion
Ultra320 SCSI HBA (mptspi.ko) and a LSI 53c1010 Ultra160 HBA
(sym53c8xx.ko) with the same results.  The NIC and SCSI HBA are on
separate PCI-X buses and do not share IRQs.  I am using two completely
separate test programs to access the SCSI tape drive and test network
data integrity, so one would expect no interaction between the two tests
other than CPU scheduling and DMA bandwidth.  There is no disk I/O
generated by either test program.

The test program that I am using to debug this problem does the following:

Computer A (kernel; 3Com 3C996B-T NIC):
   malloc a 64 KB buf aligned to a 4 KB boundary
   loop {
      fill 64 KB buf with count data pattern
      send(64 KB, MSG_MORE) <--- eventually sends corrupted data
   (SCSI tape drive test program runs separately in the background)

Computer B (kernel 2.6.12):
   malloc a 64 KB buf aligned to a 4 KB boundary
   loop {
      recv(64 KB, MSG_WAITALL)
      verify count data pattern in 64 KB buf

After running for a few seconds, the verify on computer B detects data
corruption in the last 4 bytes of the 64 KB buffer.  The last 48 bytes
of the corrupted 64 KB buffer look like this:

D0 D1 D2 D3 | D4 D5 D6 D7 | D8 D9 DA DB | DC DD DE DF
E0 E1 E2 E3 | E4 E5 E6 E7 | E8 E9 EA EB | EC ED EE EF
F0 F1 F2 F3 | F4 F5 F6 F7 | F8 F9 FA FB | F4 F5 F6 F7

The last 4 bytes should be "FC FD FE FF" but instead are corrupted to
"F4 F5 F6 F7", a sequence which came earlier in the data stream.  The
data corruption always occurs at this same buffer offset and with the
same 4 earlier bytes duplicated.  However, it occurs on a different
iteration of the send()/recv() loop each time the test is run.

When I reverse the test so that Computer A does recv() and Computer B
does send(), the test passes with no data corruption.  Therefore, it
appears that the data corruption happens on send() but not recv().

The motherboard that I am using is a Commell LV-672.  This motherboard
has a PCI-express x16 slot but no PCI-X slots.  To plug in the PCI-X NIC
and SCSI HBA, I am using a SuperMicro CSE-RR2UE-AX riser card which
plugs into the PCI-express slot on the motherboard and provides 3 PCI-X
slots (two slots together on one PCI-X bus and one slot on its own PCI-X
bus).  The data corruption happens with every combination of the 2 cards
in the 3 slots.

I assume that the above patch is just exposing some way in which the tg3
driver or the BCM5701 chip are broken.  For now, I am just reverting the
above patch for kernels that I use until a better solution is
forthcoming.  I expect that this problem will be difficult for other
developers to reproduce, but I can test any patches that anyone wants to
send me.  [ In the meantime, should we revert the patch for 2.6.23.x and
2.6.24.x -stable, or wait for a fix to tg3? ]

I am not sure if it is relevant, but I am also getting the following
messages sometimes during testing:

Clocksource tsc unstable (delta = 64002086 ns)
Time: pit clocksource has been installed.

This seems bogus because the CPU is a Intel Pentium 4 with
HyperThreading, so the tsc should be reliable.


network MTU = 1500

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82915G/P/GV/GL/PL/910GL Memory
Controller Hub (rev 0e)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82915G/P/GV/GL/PL/910GL PCI
Express Root Port (rev 0e)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL
Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0e)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6
Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 04)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6
Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 04)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6
Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 04)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6
Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 04)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6
Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d4)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FR (ICH6/ICH6R) LPC
Interface Bridge (rev 04)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6
Family) IDE Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family)
SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6700PXH PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge
A (rev 09)
01:00.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6700PXH PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge
B (rev 09)
02:02.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c1030 PCI-X
Fusion-MPT Dual Ultra320 SCSI (rev 08)
03:01.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5701
Gigabit Ethernet (rev 15)
04:0d.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Agere Systems FW323 (rev 61)

cat /proc/interrupts
           CPU0       CPU1      
  0:         89          0   IO-APIC-edge      timer
  1:         78          0   IO-APIC-edge      i8042
  3:         17          0   IO-APIC-edge      serial
  8:          0          0   IO-APIC-edge      rtc
  9:          0          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   acpi
 12:          5          0   IO-APIC-edge      i8042
 14:        465          0   IO-APIC-edge      ide0
 16:          0          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   uhci_hcd:usb5
 17:     149220          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   eth0
 18:      10007          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   uhci_hcd:usb4, ioc0
 19:         29          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   uhci_hcd:usb3
 23:          2          0   IO-APIC-fasteoi   ehci_hcd:usb1, uhci_hcd:usb2
NMI:          0          0   Non-maskable interrupts
LOC:       7457      10023   Local timer interrupts
RES:       1962      14316   Rescheduling interrupts
CAL:         40         49   function call interrupts
TLB:         39         76   TLB shootdowns
TRM:          0          0   Thermal event interrupts
SPU:          0          0   Spurious interrupts
ERR:          0
MIS:          0
(eth0 == tg3; ioc0 == LSI SCSI HBA)

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:02:A5:E7:3C:2D 
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:77198 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:3488350 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:5403873 (5.1 MiB)  TX bytes:1000276920 (953.9 MiB)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback 
          inet addr:  Mask:
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

information from ethtool

driver: tg3
version: 3.87
bus-info: 0000:03:01.0

Settings for eth0:
    Supported ports: [ TP ]
    Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                            100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                            1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full
    Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
    Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                            100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
                            1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full
    Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
    Speed: 1000Mb/s
    Duplex: Full
    Port: Twisted Pair
    PHYAD: 1
    Transceiver: internal
    Auto-negotiation: on
    Supports Wake-on: g
    Wake-on: g
    Current message level: 0x000000ff (255)
    Link detected: yes

Offload parameters for eth0:
rx-checksumming: on
tx-checksumming: on
scatter-gather: on
tcp segmentation offload: off
udp fragmentation offload: off
generic segmentation offload: off

NIC statistics:
     rx_octets: 5403873
     rx_fragments: 0
     rx_ucast_packets: 77197
     rx_mcast_packets: 0
     rx_bcast_packets: 1
     rx_fcs_errors: 0
     rx_align_errors: 0
     rx_xon_pause_rcvd: 0
     rx_xoff_pause_rcvd: 0
     rx_mac_ctrl_rcvd: 0
     rx_xoff_entered: 0
     rx_frame_too_long_errors: 0
     rx_jabbers: 0
     rx_undersize_packets: 0
     rx_in_length_errors: 0
     rx_out_length_errors: 0
     rx_64_or_less_octet_packets: 2
     rx_65_to_127_octet_packets: 77196
     rx_128_to_255_octet_packets: 0
     rx_256_to_511_octet_packets: 0
     rx_512_to_1023_octet_packets: 0
     rx_1024_to_1522_octet_packets: 0
     rx_1523_to_2047_octet_packets: 0
     rx_2048_to_4095_octet_packets: 0
     rx_4096_to_8191_octet_packets: 0
     rx_8192_to_9022_octet_packets: 0
     tx_octets: 1000276920
     tx_collisions: 0
     tx_xon_sent: 0
     tx_xoff_sent: 0
     tx_flow_control: 0
     tx_mac_errors: 0
     tx_single_collisions: 0
     tx_mult_collisions: 0
     tx_deferred: 0
     tx_excessive_collisions: 0
     tx_late_collisions: 0
     tx_collide_2times: 0
     tx_collide_3times: 0
     tx_collide_4times: 0
     tx_collide_5times: 0
     tx_collide_6times: 0
     tx_collide_7times: 0
     tx_collide_8times: 0
     tx_collide_9times: 0
     tx_collide_10times: 0
     tx_collide_11times: 0
     tx_collide_12times: 0
     tx_collide_13times: 0
     tx_collide_14times: 0
     tx_collide_15times: 0
     tx_ucast_packets: 3488350
     tx_mcast_packets: 0
     tx_bcast_packets: 0
     tx_carrier_sense_errors: 0
     tx_discards: 0
     tx_errors: 0
     dma_writeq_full: 0
     dma_write_prioq_full: 0
     rxbds_empty: 0
     rx_discards: 0
     rx_errors: 0
     rx_threshold_hit: 11
     dma_readq_full: 2188114
     dma_read_prioq_full: 162588
     tx_comp_queue_full: 0
     ring_set_send_prod_index: 2901128
     ring_status_update: 218885
     nic_irqs: 146494
     nic_avoided_irqs: 72391
     nic_tx_threshold_hit: 103584

Tony Battersby

             reply	other threads:[~2008-02-18 23:13 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 25+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-18 22:41 Tony Battersby [this message]
2008-02-19  0:32 ` TG3 network data corruption regression 2.6.24/ Michael Chan
2008-02-19  0:35   ` David Miller
2008-02-19  1:04     ` Michael Chan
2008-02-19 16:16       ` Tony Battersby
2008-02-19 19:11         ` Michael Chan
2008-02-19 19:26           ` Tony Battersby
2008-02-19 22:14           ` Tony Battersby
2008-02-19 23:52             ` Michael Chan
2008-02-20 15:01               ` Tony Battersby
2008-02-20  1:38             ` Matt Carlson
2008-02-20 16:13               ` Tony Battersby
2008-02-20 21:29               ` Tony Battersby
2008-02-20 23:04               ` Tony Battersby
2008-02-20 23:08                 ` David Miller
2008-02-20 23:17                   ` Michael Chan
2008-02-20  3:45             ` Herbert Xu
2008-02-20 15:18               ` Tony Battersby
2008-04-15  0:12                 ` Matt Carlson
2008-04-15 15:39                   ` Tony Battersby
2008-04-16  3:31                     ` David Miller
2008-04-16 15:40                       ` Michael Chan
2008-04-16 20:17                         ` Matt Carlson
2008-04-16 21:00                           ` Tony Battersby
2008-04-18  6:20                         ` David Miller

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