HP-UX: Session Hanging Indefinitely With Event "kfk: async disk IO"
Last updated on APRIL 16, 2017
Applies to:Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11 [Release 11.2 to 12.2]
Sessions hang for many hours or indefinitely until it got killed manually.
The hang occurs randomly with wait event "kfk: async disk IO" on all 6 nodes of the RAC database without any particular pattern. The same hang occurs in single instance environment with ASM.
- Based on DB dump traces, Async I/Os are passed to OS and they are stuck. ASM is hung waiting for I/O completion for more than a day (1705 min 24 sec)
- Based on OSWatcher metrics on I/O, the disk is continuously accessed throughout the hang period. However some I/Os are stuck at OS level.
- At session level the hang is seen on same wait event 'kfk: async disk IO' stuck indefinitely until the report job is killed manually with "alter system kill session..command"
- Async I/O pending on UFS: which is why 'kfk: async disk IO' hung. Trace shows there are read or write I/Os pending below ASM causing sessions to hang.
- Hang is only at single session / process and there is no blockers or hang chains.
- No errors are observed on OS or storage level.
- ASM configuration is in the I/O calls during process cleanup and stuck on pending I/O's.
- Truss of hung process shows "/dev/async" closed but session continues to read and reap pending I/O's.
- Instance Alert log has error (ORA-00041: active time limit exceeded - session terminated) when session hangs.
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