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Date:   Sun, 3 Jan 2021 14:10:48 +0100
From:   John Paul Adrian Glaubitz <>
To:     Anatoly Pugachev <>,
        Linux Kernel list <>
Cc:     Sparc kernel list <>
Subject: Re: [sparc64] running stress-ng and a sparc64 hardware / kernel woes

Hi Anatoly!

On 1/3/21 1:56 PM, Anatoly Pugachev wrote:
> Running a simple stress-ng as a non-privileged (non root) user :
> stress-ng --opcode 1 --timeout 60 --metrics-brief
> will almost always bring the linux kernel to an unusable state,
> starting from "Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference",
> "Bogus kernel PC [0000000000000000] in fault handler", "Kernel
> unaligned access at TPC", "Unable to handle kernel paging request at
> virtual address" and "rcu: INFO: rcu_sched detected stalls on
> CPUs/tasks"...

This looks very similar to the kernel crashes on SPARC that we saw on
the buildds for the GCC testsuite in the past (and other packages).

I wonder whether we can use stress-ng to provoke the kernel crash on
POWER when hosting big-endian VMs with high load on little-endian hosts [1].


> [1]

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