System crashes under heavy disk i/o
cswiger at mac.com
Thu Dec 17 21:34:58 UTC 2009
On Dec 17, 2009, at 1:26 PM, Erik Norgaard wrote:
> FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-p1 #0: Fri Dec 11 11:53:19 CET 2009
> norgaard at localhost:/usr/local/obj/usr/local/src/sys/GENERIC
> Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
> CPU: VIA Nehemiah (800.04-MHz 686-class CPU)
> Origin = "CentaurHauls" Id = 0x69a Stepping = 10
> real memory = 268435456 (256 MB)
> avail memory = 231383040 (220 MB)
> atapci0: <VIA 6420 SATA150 controller>
> ad6: 476940MB <Seagate ST3500320NS SN04> at ata3-master SATA150
> In normal operation I have no problem, but when performing intensive read or write for a prolonged time the system crashes. This happens also even if the partition is read-only. The crash occurs both with single large files (1GB) as well as many small files (10kb-10MB).
That's probably a sign of either thermal problems from inadequate cooling, or possibly PSU not giving stable voltage rails and sagging a bit too low; also, at least the older VIA C3 EPIA hardware had somewhat flaky PATA interfaces; if I tried to use both PATA channels I'd see lockups, unless I turned everything down to UDMA-33 speeds.
Hopefully their SATA implementation has been improved since. Consider looking at smartctl and see whether your drive temps are running too hot-- supposedly, drives are rated up to around 60C, but I don't like to see drives going above 40C given any choice in the matter.
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