dmesg shows "fail to get NUMA node for CPU"

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP5 Beta
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


dmesg output - "dmesg | grep -i fail" - shows:
Fail to get numa node for CPU:x bus:x dev:x fn:x

This can be seen for example, when memory node interleaving is enabled in the BIOS:
BIOS -> Memory Settings -> Node Interleaving: Enabled


The message is harmless and has been observed on some systems for example when "memory node interleaving" is enabled in the BIOS.


The BIOS does not provide NUMA node information e.g in memory interleaving mode.
SLE15-SP4 and SLE15-SP5 kernel check for NUMA_NO_NODE, the kernel discovers NUMA_NO_NODE and prints the warning,

The warning message was introduced by the following upstream commit:
("aa2ddd24 platform/x86: ISST: Use numa node id for cpu pci dev mapping").

As long as this message appears with memory node interleaving enabled, it is harmless and expected.

Additional Information

To avoid it, the BIOS could report the devices as being on node 0 when it emulates a single node when interleaving.
However as long as it doesn't, this warning will be shown.

Also, potentially other OEM systems may fail to report the numa node even without interleaving enabled.
It is possible that before "Sapphire Rapids", the numa node is not defined for the Speed Select PCI device in some OEM systems.


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  • Document ID:000021040
  • Creation Date: 11-Apr-2023
  • Modified Date:17-Apr-2023
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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