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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Performance: MPICH2 vs OpenMPI
From: Sangamesh B (forum.san_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-09 07:48:29


On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 2:39 AM, Brian Dobbins <bdobbins_at_[hidden]> wrote:

>
> Hi guys,
>
> [From Eugene Loh:]
>
>> OpenMPI - 25 m 39 s.
>>> MPICH2 - 15 m 53 s.
>>>
>> With regards to your issue, do you have any indication when you get that
>> 25m39s timing if there is a grotesque amount of time being spent in MPI
>> calls? Or, is the slowdown due to non-MPI portions?
>
>
> Just to add my two cents: if this job *can* be run on less than 8
> processors (ideally, even on just 1), then I'd recommend doing so. That is,
> run it with OpenMPI and with MPICH2 on 1, 2 and 4 processors as well. If
> the single-processor jobs still give vastly different timings, then perhaps
> Eugene is on the right track and it comes down to various computational
> optimizations and not so much the message-passing that's make a difference.
> Timings from 2 and 4 process runs might be interesting as well to see how
> this difference changes with process counts.
>
> I've seen differences between various MPI libraries before, but nothing
> quite this severe either. If I get the time, maybe I'll try to set up
> Gromacs tonight -- I've got both MPICH2 and OpenMPI installed here and can
> try to duplicate the runs. Sangamesh, is this a standard benchmark case
> that anyone can download and run?
>
Yes.
ftp://ftp.gromacs.org/pub/benchmarks/gmxbench-3.0.tar.gz

>
>
> Cheers,
> - Brian
>
>
> Brian Dobbins
> Yale Engineering HPC
>
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