Timer interrupt lost on some x86_64 systems

Vivek Goyal vgoyal at in.ibm.com
Tue Nov 13 02:22:07 EST 2007

On Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 10:17:21AM -0500, Neil Horman wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 12, 2007 at 10:19:03AM +0530, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 09:00:06AM -0500, Neil Horman wrote:
> > > Hey all-
> > > 	I've been getting reports of some x86_64 systems that, on kdump kernel
> > > boot get stuck in calibrate_delay(),  in both RHEL kernels and upstream kernels.
> > > The current thinking is that the lapic timer interrupt is no longer getting
> > > delivered, likely because we handle a crash condition on a cpu that isn't the
> > > boot cpu.  One known offender is this motherboard:
> > > http://www.supermicro.com/Aplus/motherboard/Opteron8000/MCP55/H8QM8-2.cfm
> > > My current thought is that the TIMER_LVT entry is masked on all but the boot cpu
> > > on this system (which is strange, as I was under the impression that the timer
> > > interrupt was supposed to be enabled on all CPU's nominally.
> > 
> > I also thought that LAPIC timer interrupts are enabled on all cpus.
> > 
> That doesn't appear to be the case.  The configuration I've seen is that only
> one lapic has timer interrupts enabled, and the interrupt handler for the timer
> interrupt broadcasts the interrupt to all the other processors via IPI
> > >  At any rate, I was
> > > going to try to read/write the TIMER_LVT on the crashing processor before we
> > > jump to purgatory, or in purgatory itself, to see if that fixes the problem, but
> > 
> > I think calibrate_dealy() depends on external timer interrupt coming and
> > not the local APIC timer interrupt. Generally it is 8254 timer chip. Now a
> > days motherboards seems to be having HPET and I know somebody has reported
> > problems with HPET where HPET interrupts are not coming in second kernel and
> > system hangs in second kernel. I suspect  that same might be the issue here.
> > 
> Perhaps, do you have a pointer to any list discussions on the subject?  I've not
> seen any yet.


Reading through the thread again looks like this guy faced issue with
i386 machines and not x86_64 machines.


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