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Michal Szymanski wrote:
What happens if you use only one CPU? Either with a uni kernel (you should have gotten one) or "maxcpus=1" in the boot commands. You are running a custom kernel with custom drivers, so you really should be asking the supplier, all we can do is suggest things which might provide extra information.Hi all, I have recently purchased three Supermicro AS1020A-T servers equipped with two dual-core Opterons 280 each. H8DAR-T motherboards, 8 or 12 GB RAM. The systems carry FC4 x86_64 with proprietary driver (made by Adaptec) for the onboard Marvell 88SX6041 SATA Controller. Original (install) kernel 2.6.11-1.1369_FC4smp - unfortunately not upgradable due to the lack of the SATA driver for other kernel versions. All systems crash (either hang with some "machine check exception" kernel messages or reset) when loaded with repeating runs of 1.3gb, CPU intensive with some I/O. I run 2 or 4 jobs simultaneously and they had never survived more than a few hours. Suspecting it may be the SATA driver problem I mounted /tmp as "tmpfs" and repeated the tests entirely in /tmp (with plenty of RAM this means (IMHO) doing I/O in memory). No success. It is somewhat better when I run similar size no-I/O jobs but these also crash, although less frequently. I tried to install i386 version, also crashes. Same (or even worse) with FC3.Memtest does not show any RAM errors.Finally I did two tests which seem to have excluded SATA controller/driver as the reason for crashes: 1. I installed an additional IDE hard disk and put FC4/x86_64 system on it (without the Adaptec driver, so the system does not even see the SATA disks), updated the kernel to the latest (2.6.16) - also crashed. 2. I ran non-SMP 2.6.11 kernel (with Adaptec driver) on another machine. There have been two test repeating 1.3g jobs running on it (each getting 50% of the single CPU used by the system) for over 50 hours now, no crashes. Also, a single test job running on SMP kernel gave no crashes in 24 hours. It seems there is a problem with SMP kernel and dual-core Opterons, at least on this hardware. I am stuck with three top-level machines which can work only at 25% of nominal cpu power. Any hints would be appreciated.
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