I've found that after updating our zLinux (s390x) servers with the latest kernel for SuSE 11 SP4 (kernel-default-3.0.101-77.1), a couple of applications start hanging and the CPU races out of control.

It's caused us to roll back our update of those servers to one of the previous kernels, kernel-default-3.0.101-68.1 or 71.1. I will try and gather more information via strace and lost when I can, but the issue seems to happen during disk accesses, most notably when I attempt to run zipl, as the process attempts to write the new boot loader config to DASD.

Has anyone else had a similar issue with SP4 on Z? Right now we don't have the luxury of updating our existing servers to SuSE 12 due to stringent requirements for introducing major upgrades to our operating system.