[CentOS-virt] NIC Stability Problems Under Xen 4.4 / CentOS 6 / Linux 3.18

Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk konrad.wilk at oracle.com
Tue Jan 24 15:10:13 UTC 2017


On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 09:29:39PM +0800, -=X.L.O.R.D=- wrote:
> Kevin Stange,
> It can be either kernel or update the NIC driver or firmware of the NIC
> card. Hope that helps!
> 
> Xlord
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CentOS-virt [mailto:centos-virt-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of Kevin
> Stange
> Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:04 AM
> To: centos-virt at centos.org
> Subject: [CentOS-virt] NIC Stability Problems Under Xen 4.4 / CentOS 6 /
> Linux 3.18
> 
> I have three different types of CentOS 6 Xen 4.4 based hypervisors (by
> hardware) that are experiencing stability issues which I haven't been able
> to track down.  All three types seem to be having issues with NIC and/or
> PCIe.  In most cases, the issues are unrecoverable and require a hard boot
> to resolve.  All have Intel NICs.
> 
> Often the systems will remain stable for days or weeks, then suddenly
> encounter one of these issues.  I have yet to tie the error to any specific
> action on the systems and can't reproduce it reliably.
> 
> - Supermicro X8DT3, Dual Xeon E5620, 2x 82575EB NICs, 2x 82576 NICs
> 
> Kernel messages upon failure:
> 
> pcieport 0000:00:03.0: AER: Multiple Corrected error received: id=0018
> pcieport 0000:00:03.0: PCIe Bus Error: severity=Corrected, type=Transaction
> Layer, id=0018(Receiver ID)
> pcieport 0000:00:03.0:   device [8086:340a] error
> status/mask=00002000/00001001
> pcieport 0000:00:03.0:    [13] Advisory Non-Fatal
> pcieport 0000:00:03.0:   Error of this Agent(0018) is reported first
> igb 0000:04:00.0: PCIe Bus Error: severity=Corrected, type=Physical Layer,
> id=0400(Receiver ID)
> igb 0000:04:00.0:   device [8086:10a7] error status/mask=00002001/00002000
> igb 0000:04:00.0:    [ 0] Receiver Error         (First)
> igb 0000:04:00.1: PCIe Bus Error: severity=Corrected, type=Physical Layer,
> id=0401(Receiver ID)
> igb 0000:04:00.1:   device [8086:10a7] error status/mask=00002001/00002000
> igb 0000:04:00.1:    [ 0] Receiver Error         (First)
> 
> This spams to the console continuously until hard booting.
> 
> - Supermicro X9DRD-iF/LF, Dual Xeon E5-2630, 2x I350, 2x 82575EB
> 
> igb 0000:82:00.0: Detected Tx Unit Hang
>  Tx Queue             <1>
>  TDH                  <43>
>  TDT                  <50>
>  next_to_use          <50>
>  next_to_clean        <43>
> buffer_info[next_to_clean]
>  time_stamp           <12e6bc0b6> next_to_watch        <ffff880006aa7440>
>  jiffies              <12e6bc8dc>
>  desc.status          <1c8210>
> 
> This spams to the console continuously until hard booting.
> 
> - Supermicro X9DRT, Dual Xeon E5-2650, 2x I350, 2x 82571EB
> 
> e1000e 0000:04:00.0 eth2: Detected Hardware Unit Hang:
>   TDH                  <ff>
>   TDT                  <33>
>   next_to_use          <33>
>   next_to_clean        <fd>
> buffer_info[next_to_clean]:
>   time_stamp           <138230862>
>   next_to_watch        <ff>
>   jiffies              <138231ac0>
>   next_to_watch.status <0>
> MAC Status             <80383>
> PHY Status             <792d>
> PHY 1000BASE-T Status  <3c00>
> PHY Extended Status    <3000>
> PCI Status             <10>
> 
> This type of system, the NIC automatically recovers and I don't need to
> reboot.
> 
> So far I tried using pcie_aspm=off to see that would help, but it appears
> that the 3.18 kernel turns off ASPM by default on these due to probing the
> BIOS.  Stability issues were not resolved by the changes.
> 
> On the latter system type I also turned off all offloading setting.  It
> appears the stability increased slightly but it didn't fully resolve the
> problem.  I haven't adjusted offload settings on the first two server types
> yet.
> 
> I suspect this problem is related to the 3.18 kernel used by the virt SIG,
> as we had these running Xen on CentOS 5's kernel with no issues for years,
> and systems of these types used elsewhere in our facility are stable under
> CentOS 6's standard kernel.  This affects more than one server of each type,
> so I don't believe it is a hardware failure, or else it's a hardware design
> flaw.
> 
> Has anyone experienced similar issues with this configuration, and if so,
> does anyone have tips on how to resolve the issues?

Honeslty I would email Intel and see if they can help. This looks like
the NIC decides something is wrong, throws off an PCIe error and
then resets itself.

It could also be an error in the Linux stack which would "eat" an
interrupt when migrating interrupts (which was fixed
upstream, see below). Are you running irqbalance? Could you try
turning it off?


Did you have these issues with an earlier kernel?

The fix was 
ff1e22e7a638a0782f54f81a6c9cb139aca2da35
Author: Boris Ostrovsky <boris.ostrovsky at oracle.com>
Date:   Fri Mar 18 10:11:07 2016 -0400

    xen/events: Mask a moving irq

and then there was a fix to this fix:
commit f0f393877c71ad227d36705d61d1e4062bc29cf5
Author: Ross Lagerwall <ross.lagerwall at citrix.com>
Date:   Tue May 10 16:11:00 2016 +0100

    xen/events: Don't move disabled irqs
    


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