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[dm-devel] Re: 2.6.24 Kernel Soft Lock Up with heavy I/O in dm-crypt

Yan Li wrote:

>> Please could you try if  patch here helps and doesn't cause performance degradation?
>> http://www2.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/agk/patches/2.6/2.6.25/dm-crypt-add-cond_resched.patch
> Will the result of testing a Debian 2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-amd64 kernel
> (very near a vanilla kernel) be of same value?  Since the data on some
> other drives on this server is important so I dare not try 2.6.25-rc
> on it.
patch just adds cond_resched(), problem is the same in all recent kernel I think.
just for 2.6.24 kernel patch need to be slighly modified (see below)

> Following is my test plan, comments are welcomed:
> Test command:
> # dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/mapper/open_device bs=500M count=10
> (this server has 2G memory)
bonnie++ test or something like that is more appropriate, but

for this problem is dd test enough

> The command will be run	for 3 times, and average speed of last two
> runs will be taken as result score.
flush caches between tests or simple luksClose & luksOpen + mount device between
test runs

> Dm-crypt LUKS Encryption scenarios:
> aes-cbc-essiv:sha256, keysize 128
> aes-xts-plain, keysize 256
> aes-xts-plain, keysize 512
> I will compare the speed of all above 3 encryption scenarios, with and
> without the patch.
Patch for 2.6.24 kernel

Add cond_resched() to prevent stuck in big bio processing.

Signed-off-by: Milan Broz <mbroz redhat com>
 drivers/md/dm-crypt.c |    1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

Index: linux-
--- linux-	2008-02-26 01:20:20.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-	2008-03-01 16:46:24.000000000 +0100
@@ -374,6 +374,7 @@ static int crypt_convert(struct crypt_co
+		cond_resched();
 	return r;

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