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Date:   Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:52:20 +1100
From:   Dave Chinner <david@...morbit.com>
To:     Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:     Jens Axboe <axboe@...com>, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>, Peter Anvin <hpa@...or.com>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        the arch/x86 maintainers <x86@...nel.org>
Subject: Re: [4.10, panic, regression] iscsi: null pointer deref at
 iscsi_tcp_segment_done+0x20d/0x2e0

On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 09:33:36AM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 09:15:00AM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 01:10:19PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > > Ok, so the numa issue was a red herring. With that fixed:
> > > 
> > > On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 1:06 PM, Dave Chinner <david@...morbit.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Better, but still bad. average files/s is not up to 200k files/s,
> > > > so still a good 10-15% off where it should be. xfs_repair is back
> > > > down to 10-15% off where it should be, too. bulkstat still fires off
> > > > a bad page reference count warning, iscsi still panics immediately.
> > > 
> > > Do you have CONFIG_BLK_WBT enabled, perhaps?
> > 
> > Ok, yes, that's enabled. Let me go turn it off and see what happens.
> 
> Numbers are still all over the place.
> 
> FSUse%        Count         Size    Files/sec     App Overhead
> .....
>      0     28800000            0     228175.5         21928812
>      0     30400000            0     167880.5         39628229
>      0     32000000            0     124289.5         41420925
>      0     33600000            0     150577.9         35382318
>      0     35200000            0     216535.4         16072628
>      0     36800000            0     233414.4         11846654
>      0     38400000            0     213812.0         13356633
>      0     40000000            0     175905.7         53012015
>      0     41600000            0     157028.7         34700794
>      0     43200000            0     138829.1         50282461
> 
> And the average is now back down to 185k files/s. repair runtime is
> unchanged and still 10-15% off...
> 
> I've got to run away for a few hours right now, but I'll retest the
> 4.9 + xfs for-next branch when I get back to see if the problem is
> my curent config or whether there really is a perf problem lurking
> somewhere....

Well, I'm not sure now. Taking that config back to 4.9 gave
results of 210k files/s. A bit faster, but still not the 230k
files/s I'm expecting. So I'm missing something in the .config
at this point, though I'm not sure what.

FWIW, updating from 4.9 to to the 4.10 tree, this happened:

$ $ make oldconfig; make -j 32
scripts/kconfig/conf  --oldconfig Kconfig
*
* Restart config...
*
*
* General setup
*

Yup, it definitely did something unexpected. And almost silently, I
might add - I didn't notice this the first time around, and wouldn't
hav enoticed it this time if I wasn't looking for something strange
to happen.

As iit is, I still haven't found what magic config option is
taking away that 10-15% of performance.  There's no unexpected debug
options set, and it's nothing obvious in the fs/block layer config.
I'll keep looking for the moment...

Cheers,

Dave.


-- 
Dave Chinner
david@...morbit.com

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