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Date:	Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:28:18 -0800
From:	Ben Greear <>
To:	"Brandeburg, Jesse" <>
CC:	NetDev <>
Subject: Re: ixgbe NULLL pointer dereference on OOM condition,

On 01/12/2010 06:13 PM, Brandeburg, Jesse wrote:
> On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, Ben Greear wrote:
>> This is on a hacked kernel.  I'm testing an application that creates
>> 30,000+ TCP connections (to self).  The system is 64-bit with 12GB of RAM, but
>> it can still run out of usable RAM (say, when I start another 10k connections
>> to bring it up to 40k).
>> It looks like something in ixgbe isn't properly checking for inability
>> to allocate (or to have previously allocated) an skb, or perhaps some other
>> chunk of memory:
>> [root@...03-10G-09 ~]# BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000000000000e8
>> IP: [<ffffffffa0054ca0>] ixgbe_clean_rx_irq+0xe4/0x522 [ixgbe]
> Hi Ben, thanks for the report, is there a chance you can run gdb on your
> kernel (was it compiled with debug info?) and check the
> gdb>  l *(ixgbe_clean_rx_irq+0xe4)
> Sorry I'm so slow to respond.
> it seems there are some unwind problems after the recent round of patches
> to remove skb_dma_map/unmap, but those were only introduced in 2.6.33-rc1.
> Before that we weren't aware of any failure path issues.
> I'm building a kernel now to see if I can figure out the offset where
> you're showing the problem.

I don't have symbols in mine currently..but I can re-compile tomorrow and attempt to
reproduce it.

I have a few patches from Intel developers in the ixgbe driver, so it's not
stock anymore.

I don't expect you to want to download my tree, but just in case you do, it's

git clone git://

I was using the 64-bit config file found in the /configs dir


Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc
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