We've been experiencing a problem with our LNet routers in lustre 2.10.x and hoping we could get some guidance on a resolution.
In short: Connections from clients which reside in a TCP ethernet environment are timing and expiring after the (default) "peer_timeout 180" limit is up. The same client/router configuration with lustre-client 2.9.0 on our routers does not have the same behaviour. As far as can be determined, the issue is only present on the ethernet side and only when the router uses lustre version 2.10.x (tried 2.10.1 / 2.10.2 / 2.10.3)
Our routers have a single port OPA, dual port connectx-3, dual port connectx-4 100GbE, dual port 10GbE. I tested with various combinations of those cards installed, the most basic failed configuration being a 10Gige and CX-3 to our Qlogic fabric.
On the ethernet side, we've tried multiple ethernet fabrics (Cisco Nexus, Mellanox w/Cumulus), multiple adapters configurations - native vlan vs tagged vlan, bonded vs non-bonded. Issues with all of them.
Multiple router/client lustre.conf configs were tried, including various settings (and empty) ko2iblnd.conf configs on the router too.
What's observed from the eth client:
If I only ping the @tcp router address, it will respond up until the 180 second timeout. Routes are marked as up during this period until the peer_timeout is reached, at which point the routes will be marked down.
However, if I ping a machine on IB network, I'll recieve an "Input/output error", eg:
Routes will then be marked down 50 seconds after the first "Input/output error" to an IB network.
On the lnet router, I'm not seeing any errors logged when pinging an IB network from the client and Iv'e received an error. I do see ping error in the logs when pinging an @tcp address, but only after the routes are marked down. eg:
wait the 180 secs..
I found it a little tricky to debug the LNET traffic flow, and welcome recommendations? At a TCP level I've captured the flow and can show the differences between a non-working 2.9.0 client / 2.10 router and a working 2.9.0 client/router. Would that be of any use?... It only really shows non-working lctl ping reply.
Ethernet client's lustre.conf:
Lnet router's lustre.conf:
After searching around there's this thread which is pretty similar:
AFAIK we need 2.10.x for EL7.4. I'm not sure lustre-client 2.9.0 will build on EL7.4? (Can't build it via DKMS, and from source RPM it fails – looked like OFED changes in 7.4??).
Glad to provide more information on request.