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Date:	Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:50:06 +0800
From:	Daniel J Blueman <>
To:	Oleg Nesterov <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Hillf Danton <>
CC:	Borislav Petkov <>, Ingo Molnar <>,
	Igor Mammedov <>,
	Steffen Persvold <>,
	LKML <>
Subject: [3.14] core onlining/hotplug regression

Hi Thomas et al,

On a larger x86 system with 1728 cores, 3.15(.6) asserts on 
smpboot_thread_fn's td->cpu != smp_processor_id() consistently after 
~1500 cores are online.

Reverting the only directly related changes I could find [1,2] doesn't 
help. Debugging indicates there is a race where the created thread is 
quickly migrated to core 0 when this occurs, since smp_processor_id 
returns 0 in these cases. Thomas introduced a thread parked state to fix 
related issues a year back. Linux 3.14(.13) boots just nice.

Full boot output is at:

Any theories so far? I'll start bisecting when I have full access to the 
system again in a week and I'll do some more debugging with intermittent 
access before then.


-- [1]

commit 81c98869faa5f3a9457c93efef908ef476326b31
Author: Nishanth Aravamudan <>
Date:   Thu Apr 3 14:46:25 2014 -0700
kthread: ensure locality of task_struct allocations

-- [2]

commit 89f898c1e195fa6235c869bb457e500b7b3ac49d
Author: Igor Mammedov <>
Date:   Thu Jun 5 15:42:43 2014 +0200

     x86: Fix list/memory corruption on CPU hotplug
Daniel J Blueman
Principal Software Engineer, Numascale
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