kipmi uses lots of cpu time
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
top - 13:00:35 up 4 days, 23:13, 4 users, load average: 0.00, 0.05, 0.07
Tasks: 123 total, 1 running, 122 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 0.0%us, 0.2%sy, 0.0%ni, 99.8%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
Mem: 1027744k total, 987784k used, 39960k free, 192668k buffers
Swap: 1052216k total, 108k used, 1052108k free, 547428k cached
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
3732 root 34 19 0 0 0 S 2 0.0 94:22.79 kipmi0
1 root 16 0 796 308 256 S 0 0.0 0:02.36 init
NOTE: This looks bad, but it is not a real problem, as kipmi only uses idle cycles. The more busy the machine is, less cycles are used. This does NOT increase the machine's load, nor does it affect response time. This is just a cosmetical issue.
Reason is that with SLES10 SP2 ipmi is almost fully supported whereas it wasn't with older versions.
While some machines are affected, others are not. On machines using the outdated KCS interface kipmi needs to loop fast to gather data from the interface. There's no way to trigger a interrupt, as KCS doesn't provide that.
Please update to these versions.
Note that by default the old behavior is active.
To enable the fix create a file /etc/modprobe.conf.d/ipmi.conf with a line:
options ipmi_si kipmid_max_busy_us=100
and restart the daemon with:
Useful values for kipmid_max_busy_us are 100 to 500. Higher values result in faster response, but increase the chance that ipmi starts to eat up idle cycles again. 500 however worked fine on a testsystem. Please test and tune accordingly.
It's possible to use ipmi without running the kipmi process. Drawback is that all ipmi usage is slowed down by at least factor 10, meaning, that e.g. a ipmi sensor query will take several minutes instead of seconds.
To disable the kipmi process for kernels older than 22.214.171.124-0.62.1, add a file below /etc/modprobe.conf.d/ (filename is irrelevant) with a line:
options ipmi_si force_kipmid=0
After that run the commands:
modprobe -r ipmi_si
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- Document ID:7003352
- Creation Date: 26-May-2009
- Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
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