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From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] system lag with gentoo-sources-2.6.35-r2
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:04:30
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] system lag with gentoo-sources-2.6.35-r2 by Alan Warren
1 On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM, Alan Warren <bluemoonshine@×××××.com> wrote:
2 > Hello,
3 >
4 > I am having some system performance issues with this kernel release. I have
5 > a SMP machine (dual xeon nehalem 8 core / 16 threads) with 24gb non-ecc
6 > memory.
7 >
8 > On occasion (seems random so far) my system feels like a Pentium II trying
9 > to cope with Vista. For example, I was in the middle of tar'ing a semi-large
10 > file and noticed all of my apps came to a crawl. Scrolling in firefox,
11 > typing in the terminal, or trying to navigate in my file manager resulted in
12 > breif "pauses" that came in waves. On one occasion my system froze
13 > completely and I had to manually reset the machine. (that was with
14 > 2.6.35-r1)
15 >
16 > I didn't activate anything "new" in this kernel release that I don't
17 > normally activate. ie, no cpuidle driver
18 >
19 > Is there a proper venu for debugging such matters, or should I just wait for
20 > this kernel to go prime-time?
21 >
22 > Thanks for your time,
23 > Alan
24 >
26 Hi Alan,
27 Sorry for the problems. I've seen them also in the recent past. In
28 my case it was on new hardware so I couldn't say it was due to a
29 specific kernel release.
31 1) What happens when you watch top while doing the tar? Do you by any
32 chance see large wait times in top? (Hit '1' to watch all CPUs) If so
33 the problem could well be how the kernel is dealing with writing data
34 back to the hard drive. I had this problem with the WD Green drives.
35 When I changed to WD RAID Edition drives (1/2 the storage for 30% more
36 money) the problems disappeared.
38 2) If it's not the drive issue then there is a kernel option called (I
39 think) RCU_CPU_STALL_DETECTION (or something like that. If you turn it
40 on I may generate a trace of what's keeping a core busy to long.
41 Mileage will vary.
43 Good luck,
44 Mark


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Re: [gentoo-user] system lag with gentoo-sources-2.6.35-r2 Alan Warren <bluemoonshine@×××××.com>