Major/Minor Opcodes of failed requests

Lloyd Brown lloyd_brown at
Wed Mar 30 18:38:15 UTC 2016


Thank you for this.

Just for clarification, are we talking about system RAM or video card's RAM?

The reason I ask is this.  Since we're an HPC lab, we do limit system
memory via memory cgroups, based on what the user's job requested.  But
since seeing your email, I've gone as high as 64GB in my request,
verified that the cgroup reflected that, and the problem still
occurred.  If we're talking about video card's RAM, we don't
artificially limit it at all, and the card in question is a Tesla K80,
which has 2 GPUs, and 12GB of video RAM per GPU.

I wonder if there's some other limit going on, that I'm not aware of.

Maybe it makes more sense to contact the Paraview software community, at
this point.  They may have a better idea where this could be going wrong.

Thanks for the info, though.  It was exactly the sort of thing I was
hoping for.


On 03/30/2016 12:18 PM, Ingo Bürk wrote:
> Hi Lloyd,
> see here:
> In your case you are trying to allocate way too much memory. This can
> happen, for example, if you by accident try to create enormously large
> pixmaps. Of course there's many things that can cause this. Decoding the
> opcode will help you debug it.
> Regards
> Ingo
> On 03/30/2016 06:03 PM, Lloyd Brown wrote:
>> Can anyone help me understand where the error messages, especially the
>> major and minor opcodes, come from in an error like this one?  Are these
>> defined by Xorg, by the driver (Nvidia, in this case), or somewhere else
>> entirely?
>>> X Error of failed request:  BadAlloc (insufficient resources for
>>> operation)
>>>   Major opcode of failed request:  135 (GLX)
>>>   Minor opcode of failed request:  34 ()
>>>   Serial number of failed request:  26
>>>   Current serial number in output stream:  27
>> So, here's the background.  I'm launching Xorg to manage the GLX context
>> for some processing applications.  When I use things like glxgears,
>> glxspheres64 (from the VirtualGL project), glxinfo, or glmark2,
>> everything works well.  But when I use the actual user application
>> (pvserver, part of Paraview), it gives me this error shortly after I
>> connect my paraview frontend, to the pvserver backend.
>> Running the pvserver inside gdb, with a "break exit", lets me backtrace
>> it, but all it really tells me is that it's occurring when the
>> application is trying to establish it's context.
>> I can continue to dink around with it, but if anyone can at least point
>> me in the right direction, that would be helpful.
>> Thanks,

Lloyd Brown
Systems Administrator
Fulton Supercomputing Lab
Brigham Young University

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