Ah, cool. I'll give it a whirl.

I'm a little worried about having all of the other cores spinning in
this case (mostly thermal; the machines get VERY LOUD when the CPUs
are spinning..)


On 21 August 2015 at 08:19, Eric van Gyzen <vangy...@freebsd.org> wrote:
> I mentioned this to Adrian, but I'll mention here for everyone else's benefit.
> Ryan is exactly right.  There was a thread a while ago, with a proposed patch 
> from Kostik:
> https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-arch/2014-July/015584.html
> As I recall, Scott Long also ran into this a few months ago.
> It happens for any NMI:  entering the debugger, a PCI Parity or System Error, 
> a hardware watchdog timeout, and probably other sources I'm not remembering.
> Eric
> On 08/21/2015 09:23, Ryan Stone wrote:
>> I have seen similar behaviour before.  The problem is that every CPU
>> receives an NMI concurrently.  As I recall, one of them gets some kind of
>> pseudo-spinlock and tries to stop the other CPUs with an NMI.  However,
>> because they are already in an NMI handler, they don't get the second NMI
>> and don't stop properly.
>> The case that I saw actually had to do with a panic triggered by an NMI,
>> not entering the debugger, but I believe that both cases use
>> stop_cpus_hard() under the hood and have a similar issue.
>> (I also recall seeing the exact situation that you describe while
>> originally developing SR-IOV on an alpha version of the Fortville hardware
>> and firmware with a very buggy SR-IOV implementation.  I've never seen it
>> on ixgbe before, although I haven't used SR-IOV there very much at all)
>> On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 6:15 PM, Adrian Chadd <adr...@freebsd.org> wrote:
>>> Hi!
>>> This has started happening on -HEAD recently. No, I don't have any
>>> more details yet than "recently."
>>> Whenever I get an NMI panic (and getting an NMI is a separate issue,
>>> sigh) I get a slew of "failed to stop cpu" messages, and all CPUs
>>> enter ddb. This is .. sub-optimal. Has anyone seen this? Does anyone
>>> have any ideas?
>>> -adrian
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