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Old 08-10-10, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default vmalloc virtual space leak


I would like to report an issue we're seeing with both the 256.35 and
256.44 nvidia drivers on both x86 and x86_64 systems with various types
of graphics cards. We are using 2.6.31.x kernel.org based kernels.

What we are seeing is vmalloc virtual space being allocated but not
later freed.

If I do "glxgears", I see two os_map_kernel_space() NV_MEMORY_WRITECOMBINED
vmalloc space mappings appear.

But after killing "glxgears" off, these 2 ioremap mappings are not
freed, and the vmalloc virtual space remains allocated/in-use.
Repeated glxgears invocations show additional ioremap mappings
permanently appearing.

A cat of /proc/vmallocinfo shows the new new allocations appearing,
but never being freed, even if the X session is closed and the
nvidia driver is unloaded.

If we run a stress test with something like viewperf over several days,
we eventually run out of vmalloc space and nvidia driver requests for
ioremap() calls start to fails, and thus we require a reboot to get
back to normal. Since x86 has a smaller vmalloc virtual space size,
it is more noticable on x86 than x86_64.

The physical pages underlying these virtual mappings appear to be
re-used, and thus a physical memory leak does not seem to be occuring.

And while a virtual space leak is less serious, it would still be nice
it this issue could be investigated and hopefully fixed.

Thank you for yor time.
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Old 08-10-10, 04:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: vmalloc virtual space leak

Thank you for reporting this problem. I can reproduce it and will take a look.
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