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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Infiniband performance Problem and stalling
From: Randolph Pullen (randolph_pullen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-09-02 22:25:15


No RoCE, Just native IB with TCP over the top. No I haven't used 1.6 I was trying to stick with the standards on the mellanox disk. Is there a known problem with 1.4.3 ? ________________________________ From: Yevgeny Kliteynik <kliteyn_at_[hidden]> To: Randolph Pullen <randolph_pullen_at_[hidden]>; Open MPI Users <users_at_[hidden]> Sent: Sunday, 2 September 2012 10:54 PM Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Infiniband performance Problem and stalling Randolph, Some clarification on the setup: "Melanox III HCA 10G cards" - are those ConnectX 3 cards configured to Ethernet? That is, when you're using openib BTL, you mean RoCE, right? Also, have you had a chance to try some newer OMPI release? Any 1.6.x would do. -- YK On 8/31/2012 10:53 AM, Randolph Pullen wrote: > (reposted with consolidatedinformation) > I have a test rig comprising 2 i7 systems 8GB RAM with Melanox III HCA 10G cards > running Centos 5.7 Kernel 2.6.18-274 > Open MPI 1.4.3 > MLNX_OFED_LINUX-1.5.3-1.0.0.2 (OFED-1.5.3-1.0.0.2): > On a Cisco 24 pt switch > Normal performance is: > $ mpirun --mca btl openib,self -n 2 -hostfile mpi.hosts PingPong > results in: > Max rate = 958.388867 MB/sec Min latency = 4.529953 usec > and: > $ mpirun --mca btl tcp,self -n 2 -hostfile mpi.hosts PingPong > Max rate = 653.547293 MB/sec Min latency = 19.550323 usec > NetPipeMPI results show a max of 7.4 Gb/s at 8388605 bytes which seems fine. > log_num_mtt =20 and log_mtts_per_seg params =2 > My application exchanges about a gig of data between the processes with 2 sender and 2 consumer processes on each node with 1 additional controller process on the starting node. > The program splits the data into 64K blocks and uses non blocking sends and receives with busy/sleep loops to monitor progress until completion. > Each process owns a single buffer for these 64K blocks. > My problem is I see better performance under IPoIB then I do on native IB (RDMA_CM). > My understanding is that IPoIB is limited to about 1G/s so I am at a loss to know why it is faster. > These 2 configurations are equivelant (about 8-10 seconds per cycle) > mpirun --mca btl_openib_flags 2 --mca mpi_leave_pinned 1 --mca btl tcp,self -H vh2,vh1 -np 9 --bycore prog > mpirun --mca btl_openib_flags 3 --mca mpi_leave_pinned 1 --mca btl tcp,self -H vh2,vh1 -np 9 --bycore prog > And this one produces similar run times but seems to degrade with repeated cycles: > mpirun --mca btl_openib_eager_limit 64 --mca mpi_leave_pinned 1 --mca btl openib,self -H vh2,vh1 -np 9 --bycore prog > Other btl_openib_flags settings result in much lower performance. > Changing the first of the above configs to use openIB results in a 21 second run time at best. Sometimes it takes up to 5 minutes. > In all cases, OpenIB runs in twice the time it takes TCP,except if I push the small message max to 64K and force short messages. Then the openib times are the same as TCP and no faster. > With openib: > - Repeated cycles during a single run seem to slow down with each cycle > (usually by about 10 seconds). > - On occasions it seems to stall indefinitely, waiting on a single receive. > I'm still at a loss as to why. I can’t find any errors logged during the runs. > Any ideas appreciated. > Thanks in advance, > Randolph > > > _______________________________________________ > users mailing list > users_at_[hidden] > http://www.open-mpi.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/users