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Old 02-08-2010, 09:18 PM
Jobst Schmalenbach
 
Default Experiencing continual eth0 link up/down on a 10G Chelsio NIC (cxgb3 driver)

IMHO link failures are never a LOCAL problem ONLY but BOTH sides,
and one of the people answering this question has already
explained the stuff with the (auto) negotiation.

Before that check:

* other side
* if the other is a switch, use different port
* cable (make sure connectors sit properly and are clean)
* lock the protocol (i.e. 100mb full duplex) both sides.

Jobst



On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 12:13:53AM +0530, Arun Khan (knura9@gmail.com) wrote:
> File Server OS: CentOS 5.3 (x86_64)
> Kernel: CentOS Plus kernel (need XFS fs drivers)
>
> The file server has a Chelsio T310 10GBASE-CX4 RNIC (rev 3) PCI
> Express x8 MSI-X (eth0), driver and firmware is stock from the CentOS
> Plus kernel.
>
> Using ethtool I have verified driver association with the 3 NICs on
> the system (eth1 and eth2 are not connected to any switch)
>
> Driver for eth0
> driver: cxgb3
> version: 1.1.3-ko
> firmware-version: T 7.4.0 TP 1.1.0
>
> Driver for eth1
> driver: e1000e
> version: 1.0.2-k2
> firmware-version: 1.0-0
>
> Driver for eth2
> driver: e1000e
> version: 1.0.2-k2
> firmware-version: 1.0-0
>
>
> The last 3-4 weeks, I have noticed that the eth0 link keeps going up
> and down, confirmed by "dmesg" output as well in /var/log/messages
> (dmesg sample shown below).
>
> eth0: link down
> eth0: link up, 10Gbps, full-duplex
> eth0: link down
> eth0: link up, 10Gbps, full-duplex
> eth0: link down
> eth0: link up, 10Gbps, full-duplex
>
> The kernel RPM verification shows no errors
>
> # uname --kernel-release
> 2.6.18-164.2.1.el5.plus
>
> # rpm --verify kernel-2.6.18-164.2.1.el5.plus
>
> The hardware vendor tells me that the card either fails completely
> (kaput) or works - there is no grey area. He is of the opinion that
> the problem is with the driver.
>
> Verification of the kernel rpm tells me that all files including the
> cxgb3 driver file md5sum are OK.
>
> I would like to hear from anyone with the same NIC or another rev.
> using the same driver.
> Are you seeing similar link up/down in your system?
> How did you solve the problem?
>
> TIA
> -- Arun Khan
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