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Re: [Xen-devel] several domU crashes after 4.1->4.8 live migration

On Thu, Feb 02, 2017 at 12:05:09PM +0000, Andrew Cooper wrote :
> On 02/02/17 07:58, Vincent Legout wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > We had some issues after live migrating several domU from xen 4.1 to xen
> > 4.8. We migrated around 200 domU and 5 crashed, from a few hours up to
> > several days after the migration. All the domU had more than 1 year of
> > uptime, and for example one crashed several days after the migration
> > during a high load period.
> >
> > All 5 domU are running a 3.10 kernel (from 3.10.44 to 3.10.103). They
> > have between 2GB and 16GB of RAM, and between 1 and 4 vCPUS.
> >
> > We use 3 types of machines (several PowerEdge C6100 (Intel L5640) and
> > R710 (Intel L5520), and one C8220 (Intel E5-2650)). The C6100 and R710
> > have 24 logical cores with HT enabled. The PowerEdge C8220 is only used
> > for Xen 4.8, and has 32 logical cores with HT enabled. The C6100 and the
> > R710 have 50GB of RAM, and the C8220 128GB. The xen 4.1 dom0 is running
> > a 3.4.69 kernel, and the xen 4.8 one a 4.1.37 kernel.
> >
> > I've attached the most relevant parts of the domU kernel logs we could
> > get. It seems the crashes came from different components of the kernel,
> > though most of them seem to be related to memory.
> >
> > Would anyone have any idea if that's something that could be fixed? Or
> > is it just that migrating from 4.1 to 4.8 is not supported?
> Do the VMs migrate normally in production?

Thanks for the comment. Yes, the migrations took place normally, at
least we didn't see anything wrong then. These crashes happened randomly
on a few VMs only, and at least a few hours after the migration.

> This looks like a Linux kernel bug in the Xen suspend/resume paths, and
> unlikely to be related to the version of the hypervisor in use.

I agree about the Linux kernel bug. But I still think it should also be
related to the migration because we never had anything like that without
migration, on either xen 4.1 or 4.8.


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