[PATCH v3 66/77] ncr5380: Fix soft lockups

Michael Schmitz schmitzmic at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 16:42:54 PST 2015

I'd like to think that, too - probably true for the Atari TT SCSI case
(can do scatter-gather, can do more than one command per LUN). Worse
for the Falcon SCSI which is the only one I can test (no
scatter-gather, one command per LUN, interrupt shared with IDE and IDE
driver locked out while SCSI command handled).

But that only affects balancing of I/O between IDE and SCSI drivers.
Is that what you are worried about, Alan?

Happy to test whether limiting max_sectors makes a difference in the DMA case.



On Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 2:47 AM, Finn Thain <fthain at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Dec 2015, One Thousand Gnomes wrote:
>> On Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:18:44 +1100 Finn Thain
>> <fthain at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
>> > Because of the rudimentary design of the chip, it is necessary to poll
>> > the SCSI bus signals during PIO and this tends to hog the CPU. The
>> > driver will accept new commands while others execute, and this causes
>> > a soft lockup because the workqueue item will not terminate until the
>> > issue queue is emptied.
>> >
>> > When exercising dmx3191d using sequential IO from dd, the driver is
>> > sent 512 KiB WRITE commands and 128 KiB READs. For a PIO transfer, the
>> > rate is is only about 300 KiB/s, so these are long-running commands.
>> > And although PDMA may run at several MiB/s, interrupts are disabled
>> > for the duration of the transfer.
>> >
>> > Fix the unresponsiveness and soft lockup issues by calling
>> > cond_resched() after each command is completed and by limiting
>> > max_sectors for drivers that don't implement real DMA.
>> Is there a reason for not doing some limiting in the DMA case too. A
>> 512K write command even with DMA on a low end 68K box introduces a
>> second of latency before another I/O can be scheduled ?
> The DMA case is the atari_scsi case. I'd like to think that atari_scsi
> would have only the latency issues that might be expected from any SCSI-2
> host adapter driver.
> Unlike PDMA, interrupts are not disabled for these DMA transfers. Note
> that this patch isn't really relevant to DMA, because the main loop
> iterates only when done == 0, that is, !hostdata->dmalen.
> --
>> Alan

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