PE2650 / Perc 3Di crash

James Bourne jbourne at
Wed Aug 6 16:25:15 CDT 2003

On Wed, 6 Aug 2003, Salyzyn, Mark wrote:

> :-( Sorry for the false hope.
> I've tried several experiments on this list thus far and I must thank you
> for permitting me this indulgence. It is a symptom of my failure to
> reproduce this issue.
> It is rather hard to encapsulate any science when blind alleys go
> unreported, so bear with me on my understanding and please correct me if I
> am mistaken. Your movement to 2.4.22-pre10 does absorb some of the latest
> driver changes too, so I am left wondering what is next.

FYI, it's almost 24 hours and I have't received any timeouts even.  This
is using the 2.4.22-pre10 aacraid driver and AAC_NUM_IO_FIB.  I think that 
Andy was using the 2.4.21 which does have some differences...   I am
also currently running with the write cache on.

Though again I'm waiting until it does get timeouts.  If timeouts happen
then the server will crash eventually.

> It appears that turning Adapter Caching off (write through mode) resolves
> the crashes, perhaps an acceptable fix but trades performance. About a year
> ago it was discovered that a high level of outstanding commands (this
> AAC_NUM_IO_FIB issue) would also exasperate the controller, this also trades
> performance. There was mention of turning ACPI off also, I am unclear if
> that provided any joy to some of the members. Another thread based on
> Drives, and their Firmware revisions is starting as well and is not
> necessarily a blind alley. I know there were a few bugs in the driver
> discovered over the past 4 months that could also be the root of these
> problems when it comes to various corners of error recovery.
> It is my opinion that there is no pristine bug, requiring some science to
> get to the root.
> I look forward to any new clues to this class of issues.

James Bourne

> Sincerely -- Mark Salyzyn
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy De Petter [mailto:adepette at] 
> Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 5:07 AM
> To: James Bourne
> Cc: Salyzyn, Mark; 'Matthias Pigulla'; linux-poweredge at;
> linux-aacraid-devel at; matt_domsch at
> Subject: Re: PE2650 / Perc 3Di crash
> James Bourne wrote:
> >On Tue, 5 Aug 2003, Salyzyn, Mark wrote:
> >  
> >Hi,
> >I've updated my 2.4.20 to aacraid driver from 2.4.22-pre10 and changed
> >AAC_NUM_IO_FIB to 64 in this build.  I'll also turn write caching back on
> >in the controller as we know that is required to cause a crash (or
> >at least I've not been able to crash the crontroller/driver without it on).
> >
> >Regards
> >James Bourne
> >  
> >
> Running 2.4.21, with AAC_NUM_IO_FIB set to 64, adn write cache disabled, 
> didn't help here - crash within 2 hours ;-/
> -a

James Bourne, Supervisor Data Centre Operations
Mount Royal College, Calgary, AB, CA

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