116 puts VMWARE into a loop. It forces a hard reboot somewhere during
the init process (scrolls by too fast). If I had NOPTI it boots
normally.  So I would say, no, 116 does not fix this.

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  108 and 109 kernel hangs

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Bug description:
  Overnight I had 2 of 12  16.04 servers brick with the 108 kernel. They
  also do not work with 109.  They work fine with 104. The other 10
  worked fine on both 108 and 109.

  All are hosted on VMWARE. The two broken ones stop at the same place.
  I was able to go back to the 104 kernel to get them working and pin
  the kernel version.

  Just for fun, I set zswap.enabled=0 and they both crashed with kthread
  starved for jiffies. They are both multi-processor with lots of ram
  and disk.

  I have a task from the Ubuntu Kernel team to try this with 'nopti'.
  I'll report back.

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