Severe performance regression in Infiniband or IPoIB

Bug #1536837 reported by Timothy Pearson on 2016-01-21
This bug affects 2 people
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linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When upgrading to the latest 4.4 test kernel from mainline development, all IPoIB links showed a severe performance regression as compared with kernel 4.2. The bandwidth of each link dropped from around 3Gbps to around 3Mbps (3 orders of magnitude worse!); reverting to the 4.2 kernel immediately fixed this problem.

The 4.3 kernel from Debian does not appear to suffer from this regression. The regression shows up on both IB ports of the Mellanox MT25208 controller. Other hardware has not been tested.

Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2016-01-22
tags: removed: regression-proposed

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tags: added: bot-comment
Timothy Pearson (kb9vqf) wrote :

I tried to assign the source package but received the same error as when I filed this bug:
"There is no package named 'linux-image-4.4.0-0-generic' published in Ubuntu."

affects: ubuntu → linux (Ubuntu)
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
tags: added: kernel-da-key xenial
tags: added: needs-bisect

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Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Timothy Pearson (kb9vqf) wrote :

The machine I originally tested the 4.4 kernel on is not available right now; I will retry as time permits. Would the dmesg output from the failed boot help or are you looking for something else in the apport output?

John-Michael (thesaxophonist) wrote :

This appears to be an upstream kernel bug, and not limited to just Ubuntu/Debian. I'm currently running Arch Linux and this regression showed up in the 4.4 kernel. The last known good kernel version was 4.3.3. Kernel versions that have the issue include 4.4.1 and 4.5rc1.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
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