[Beowulf] Tyan S2882

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Thu Sep 28 07:02:07 PDT 2006

Gebhardt Thomas <gebhardt at hrz.uni-marburg.de> writes:

> Hi,
>> We are currently deploying Tyan S2882 Dual Opteron Boards, and we have
>> found the system to be quite unstable. After BIOS updates and kernel
>> changes we still get random kernel panics when under load.
> Me too :-(
> We've got a 85 Node Dual Opteron Cluster. I've documented most of the
> crashes on
> http://clust-doc.hrz.uni-marburg.de/index.php/Hardware_Bulletin .
> Our equipment:
> * Dual AMP Opteron DP270 (2.0 GHz)
> * MB: TYAN S2882G3-DNR
> * Mem: 8*1GB PC3200 (DDR 400) ECC reg.; Corsair/Samsung CM72SD1024RLP-3200/SB
>   ( 12 nodes have 8*2GB)
> * PS: EMACS P1 6400P
> * HD: 250 GB SATA from Western Digital
> Dist: Debian/Sarge amd64
> Kernel: various, currently from kernel.org
> BIOS: (most recent, as far as I know)
> When a node crashes, we typically see a MCE + kernel panic. We get about
> 2 crashes per week on our 85 node cluster. Some nodes seem to be more unstable
> than others but we also see instabilities on nodes that had been stable so 
> far. The instabilities are very hard to reproduce: we have nodes that crashed 
> once and ran stable afterwards. Crashes seem to occur mostly when the system
> is under heavy CPU (memory?) load. 

I bet if you decode the MCE it will say uncorrectable ECC memory error.

> Far too many correctable ECC errors are reported (on a subset of about 10-20 
> nodes). Sometimes the ECC errors disappeared after I cyclically interchanged
> the memory modules within one node. There seems to be a weak correlation
> between the instabilities and the tendency to exhibit ECC errors. memtest86
> runs fine on the momory modules.

memtest86 doesn't see correctable memory errors.

> It seems that the last BIOS upgrade has reduced the ECC error rate
> somewhat.
> We definitely have no temperature problem. As far as I can see (libsensor)
> the voltages are ok, too.

It sounds like you have a pile of correctable (soft?) memory errors that occasionally
become uncorrectable.

Good Luck,

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