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Subject: [OMPI users] Hints for running OpenMPI on Intel/Phi (MIC) enabled hosts
From: Tim Carlson (tim.carlson_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-07-10 12:14:14


I've polluted the previous thread on GPU abilites with so much Intel/Phi
bits that I decided a few new threads might be a good idea. First off I
think the following could be a FAQ entry.

If you have cluster with Phi cards and are using the SCIF interface with
OFED, OpenMPI between two hosts (not two Phi cards) is going to
choose the wrong interface at runtime. I'll show this by example.

On a node that has a Phi card and has ofed-mic enabled, you end up with
two IB interfaces.

tim_at_phi001 osu]$ ibv_devices
     device node GUID
     ------ ----------------
     scif0 4c79bafffe300005
     mlx4_0 003048ffff95f98c

The scif0 interface is not the one you want to use but it is the one that
shows up first in the list. By default OpenMPI won't even know what to do
with this interface.

$ mpicc osu_bw.c -o osu_bw.openmpi.x

$ mpirun -np 2 -hostfile hosts.nodes osu_bw.openmpi.x
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
WARNING: No preset parameters were found for the device that Open MPI
detected:

   Local host: phi002.local
   Device name: scif0
   Device vendor ID: 0x8086
   Device vendor part ID: 0

It completely fails. However if you specify the correct interface (mlx4_0)
you get the expected results.

$ mpirun -np 2 -hostfile hosts.nodes --mca btl openib,self,sm -mca btl_openib_if_include mlx4_0 osu_bw.openmpi.x
# OSU MPI Bandwidth Test
# Size Bandwidth (MB/s)
1 3.25
2 6.40
4 12.65
8 25.53
16 50.42
32 97.06
64 187.02
128 357.88
256 663.64
512 1228.23
1024 2142.46
2048 3128.06
4096 4110.78
8192 4870.81
16384 5864.45
32768 6135.67
65536 6264.35
131072 6307.70
262144 6340.24
524288 6329.59
1048576 6343.71
2097152 6315.45
4194304 6322.65

Tim