lock contention problem?

Hans Petter Selasky hselasky at c2i.net
Thu Jan 13 21:34:55 UTC 2011

On Thursday 13 January 2011 21:28:15 dieterbsd at engineer.com wrote:
> I suspect that I have a problem with lock/mutex contention.
> Reading from a USB disk appears to lock out the firewire driver
> for too long, causing data transfer (writing to firewire bus) to fail
> with EAGAIN.  Once it fails it does not recover.
> kernel: fwohci1: IT DMA underrun (0x40308011)  (stat &
> last message repeated 63 times
> This is from the end of the fwohci_itxbuf_enable() function in
> dev/firewire/fwohci.c
> I added LOCK_PROFILING to the kernel and gathered some data.
> The data is quite verbose, so I sorted by "max" and am including
> the first 40 lines.  This is a true real-time task, so I am concerned
> with the worst case rather than the average.


It might be a hardware resource starvation problem. It is possible to nice 
umass by simply adding a line like:

                .interval = 2,        /* 2 milliseconds */

Inside the following structure in /sys/dev/usb/storage/umass.c :

In states:

Another idea:


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