Ticket #9756 (new defect)
delay loop calibration failed for 2.6.32 guest kernels on Intel Atom CPU 330
|Reported by:||rschmied||Owned by:|
Description (last modified by frank) (diff)
Going from CentOS5 to CentOS6 and the kernel change from 2.6.18 to 2.6.32 breaks the timer calibration and makes the system almost totally unusable (also on other 2.6.32 or newer based distros).
There's no VT-x on the Atom so HPET is turned off. However, I can observe the effect also on a Mac Mini w/ VirtualBox 4. The impact is not as dramatic as the Core2Duo on the Mac provides more performance to begin with. But the delay loop calibration on the Mac is also off (and not showing the value 2.6.18 shows).
I'm running VirtualBox 4.1.4 on a 64-Bit Ubuntu 10.04 w/ ~4G of DRAM and an Intel Atom 330 Dual Core CPU w/ HT
Please see the additional log files with cpuinfo etc on the virtual and the physical systems.
On 2.6.32 for the guest:
Fast TSC calibration failed TSC: Unable to calibrate against PIT TSC: HPET/PMTIMER calibration failed. Marking TSC unstable due to could not calculate TSC khz Calibrating delay loop... 293.88 BogoMIPS (lpj=146944) Initializing cgroup subsys cpuacctmce: CPU supports 0 MCE banks Performance Events: unsupported p6 CPU model 28 no PMU driver, software events only. weird, boot CPU (#0) not listed by the BIOS. APIC calibration not consistent with PM-Timer: 247ms instead of 100ms APIC delta adjusted to PM-Timer: 6254153 (15508853) Total of 1 processors activated (293.88 BogoMIPS). Switching to clocksource jiffies Switching to clocksource acpi_pm hrtimer: interrupt took 3406704 ns
On 2.6.18 for the guest:
Calibrating delay loop (skipped), value calculated using timer frequency.. 3200.05 BogoMIPS (lpj=1600025) Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0. CPU0: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU 330 @ 1.60GHz stepping 02 Using local APIC timer interrupts. WARNING calibrate_APIC_clock: the APIC timer calibration may be wrong. Brought up 1 CPUs ACPI: (supports S0 S1 S4 S5<6>Time: acpi_pm clocksource has been installed.
Thanks for looking into this! -ralph