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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] MPI_Reduce performance
From: David Zhang (solarbikedz_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-09-08 12:44:29


Doing Reduce without Barrier first allows one process to call Reduce and
exit immediately without waiting for other processes to call Reduce.
Therefore, this allows one process to advance faster than other processes.
I suspect the 2671 second result is the difference between the fastest and
slowest process. Having Barrier reduce the time difference because it
forces the faster processes to go slower.

On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 3:21 AM, Gabriele Fatigati <g.fatigati_at_[hidden]>wrote:

> Dear OpenMPI users,
>
> i'm using OpenMPI 1.3.3 on Infiniband 4x interconnnection network. My
> parallel application use intensive MPI_Reduce communication over
> communicator created with MPI_Comm_split.
>
> I've noted strange behaviour during execution. My code is instrumented with
> Scalasca 1.3 to report subroutine execution time. First execution shows
> elapsed time with 128 processors ( job_communicator is created with
> MPI_Comm_split). In both cases is composed to the same ranks of
> MPI_COMM_WORLD:
>
> MPI_Reduce(.....,job_communicator)
>
> The elapsed time is 2671 sec.
>
> Second run use MPI_BARRIER before MPI_Reduce:
>
> MPI_Barrier(job_communicator..)
> MPI_Reduce(.....,job_communicator)
>
> The elapsed time of Barrier+Reduce is 2167 sec, (about 8 minutes less).
>
> So, im my opinion, it is better put MPI_Barrier before any MPI_Reduce to
> mitigate "asynchronous" behaviour of MPI_Reduce in OpenMPI. I suspect the
> same for others collective communications. Someone can explaine me why
> MPI_reduce has this strange behaviour?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
>
>
>
> --
> Ing. Gabriele Fatigati
>
> Parallel programmer
>
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>
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David Zhang
University of California, San Diego