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Subject: Re: [OMPI devel] Device failover on ob1
From: Graham, Richard L. (rlgraham_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-08-01 20:21:56

What is the impact on sm, which is by far the most sensitive to latency. This really belongs in a place other than ob1. Ob1 is supposed to provide the lowest latency possible, and other pml's are supposed to be used for heavier weight protocols.

On the technical side, how do you distinguish between a lot acknowledgement and an undelivered message ? You really don't want to try and deliver data into user space twice, as once a receive is complete, who knows what the user has done with that buffer ? A general treatment needs to be able to false negatives, and attempts to deliver the data more than once.

How are you detecting missing acknowledgements ? Are you using some sort of timer ?


On 7/31/09 5:49 AM, "Mouhamed Gueye" <mouhamed.gueye_at_[hidden]> wrote:

Hi list,

Here is an update on our work concerning device failover.

As many of you suggested, we reoriented our work on ob1 rather than dr
and we now have a working prototype on top of ob1. The approach is to
store btl descriptors sent to peers and delete them when we receive
proof of delivery. So far, we rely on completion callback functions,
assuming that the message is delivered when the completion function is
called, that is the case of openib. When a btl module fails, it is
removed from the endpoint's btl list and the next one is used to
retransmit stored descriptors. No extra-message is transmitted, it only
consists in additions to the header. It has been mainly tested with two
IB modules, in both multi-rail (two separate networks) and multi-path (a
big unique network).

You can grab and test the patch here (applies on top of the trunk) :

To compile with failover support, just define --enable-device-failover
at configure. You can then run a benchmark, disconnect a port and see
the failover operate.

A little latency increase (~ 2%) is induced by the failover layer when
no failover occurs. To accelerate the failover process on openib, you
can try to lower the btl_openib_ib_timeout openib parameter to 15 for
example instead of 20 (default value).

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