Re: NO_HZ: timer interrupt stuck [Re: Linux 2.6.21-rc1]

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Thu Feb 22 2007 - 10:55:36 EST

On Thu, 2007-02-22 at 16:13 +0100, Pierre Ossman wrote:
> > Sure. My dmesg is full of mmc debug crud right now, but I'll just reboot
> > and I'll have a clean one for you.
> >
> Here we go.

> [ 44.498253] ACPI: Lid Switch [C136]
> [ 44.577672] No dock devices found.
> [ 44.714156] ACPI: CPU0 (power states: C1[C1] C2[C2] C3[C3])


Here is the reason. The local APIC stops working in C3 state and we fall
back to the PIT in that case. Not really exciting for dynticks, but the
only way to keep the system alive. There is a patch coming up from
Intel, which finds out how to use HPET even if it is not enabled by the
BIOS. This will still end up on IRQ#0, but will give way longer idle
sleeps than the PIT.


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