[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] x86/nmi: lower initial watchdog frequency to avoid boot hangs

On 07/02/18 13:08, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>> On 07.02.18 at 14:01, <igor.druzhinin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> So far the issue confirmed:
>> Dell PowerEdge R740, Huawei systems based on Xeon Gold 6152 (the one
>> that it was tested on), Intel S2600XX, etc.
>> Also see:
>> https://bugs.xenserver.org/browse/XSO-774 
>> Well, no-watchdog is what we currently recommend in that case but we
>> hoped there is a general solution here from Xen side. You have your
>> point that they should fix this on their side because it's their fault
>> indeed. But the user experience is also important for us I think.
> Of course, hence the suggestion of possible alternative workarounds.
> Impacting everyone is, as said, not a desirable approach in a case
> like this one. I also continue to dislike the seemingly random division
> by 10.

Xen's usability is crap, which is in large part due to attitude like
this.  It is not ok to expect the end user to know diagnose/debug issues
like this, and it is entirely unreasonable to expect the end user to
have to manually work around it.

This particular issue does want feeding back to Intel so they can try
and fix it, but whatever is wrong is present in a large amount of
Skylake systems in the field.  Xen needs to be able to cope.

Finally, as to boot times, your argument is backwards seeing as you care
about elapsed boot time.  Slowing the frequency will speed everything
up, as we aren't executing a large chunk of the BSP boot path with 100hz
NMI constantly interrupting.


Xen-devel mailing list



Lists.xenproject.org is hosted with RackSpace, monitoring our
servers 24x7x365 and backed by RackSpace's Fanatical Support®.