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Bug 116733 - kernel hangs or crashes when hugetbl is on and Oracle 10g uses it
kernel hangs or crashes when hugetbl is on and Oracle 10g uses it
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Larry Woodman
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2004-02-24 14:04 EST by Gunther Schadow
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-20 17:21:37 EDT
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Description Gunther Schadow 2004-02-24 14:04:48 EST
Description of problem:

On a system with 20GB ram running the RHEL3 hugemem kernel
and hugetbl_max set to 8192 (which strangely enough 
/proc/meminfo reports as being just 4096 pages, and it 
looks like meminfo is right) when I run Oracle 10g using
lots of memory the kernel suddenly panics or just simply 
locks up.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Happens every other time I start Oracle (with a configuration
that really uses lots of memory)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Oracle 10g
2. modify oracle to lower-mapped-base specs (optional)
3. modify oracle to enable aio (optional)
4. echo 8192 > /proc/sys/kern/hugetbl_max
5. specify sga_max_size = 3500M
6. specify db_buffer_cache = 2000M

--> of course I don't expect you to do all this, just to 
    debug a kernel error. I would make a program that 
    actually allocates lots of hugetbl shared memory
    and uses it heavily.

Actual results:

system crashes/hangs

Expected results:

system runs happily :-)

Additional info:
Comment 1 Suzanne Hillman 2004-02-26 17:21:29 EST
Please include information about the hardware being used, as well as
information about whether or not it happens on multiple machines.
Comment 2 Gunther Schadow 2004-03-03 20:51:13 EST
Hardware is a ProLiant DL780 (?) or so, it's got 4 CPUs.
I can't tell whether it happens on multiple machines. What
I do know is that when it actually panics and I get to
see the dump output, it does mumble something about hugetbl
Comment 3 Larry Woodman 2004-04-05 11:50:33 EDT
Can you please get several "AltSysrq M" outputs when the system is
hung while running 10g with hugltlb pages?  I cant reproduce this
problem locally.

Thanks, Larry Woodman
Comment 4 Larry Woodman 2004-04-20 11:04:17 EDT
Please try to reproduce this problem with the latest RHEL3-U2 kernel
(2.4.21-14.EL).  We found and fixed a problem which sounds exactly
like this one in that kernel.

Larry Woodman
Comment 5 Larry Woodman 2004-08-02 17:07:49 EDT
Gunther, whats the status of this bug?  I havent seen any update in
the last 3 months.

Comment 6 Suzanne Hillman 2004-10-20 17:21:37 EDT
Closing due to lack of activity. If there is additional information, please
reopen and provide the information.

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