UltraSparc AXi systems produced with APB PCI bridge
revision 13 or greater cannot withstain any amount
of heavy disk activity on NCR scsi controller.
The problem has to do with PCI write posting semantics
of the APB bridge chipset, which were dampened by some
retry semantic differences in the older chips so we never
saw it on older AXi machines.
Gerard Roudier has some attempts to work around this
problem, and after testing and verifications this fix
if working will go into the upcoming kernel updates.
Worst part about this bug is that a machine will
successfully fully install, then be unusable on first boot,
therefore it will be triky to distribute a "fix" since
people afflicted by the problem cannot even get the machine
up far enough to install an RPM update.
Suggestions are welcome on this latter issue.
I've fixed this kernel bug, it will be in our kernel
updates coming up.