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Subject: Re: [OMPI devel] Device failover on ob1
From: Pavel Shamis (Pasha) (pashash_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-08-03 11:14:41

Did you compare latency/bw for failover-enabled code VS trunk ?


Rolf Vandevaart wrote:
> Hi folks:
> As some of you know, I have also been looking into implementing
> failover as well. I took a different approach as I am solving the
> problem within the openib BTL itself. This of course means that this
> only works for failing from one openib BTL to another but that was our
> area of interest. This also means that we do not need to keep track
> of fragments as we get them back from the completion queue upon
> failure. We then extract the relevant information and repost on the
> other working endpoint.
> My work has been progressing at
> This only currently works for send semantics so you have to run with
> -mca btl_openib_flags 1.
> Rolf
> On 07/31/09 05:49, Mouhamed Gueye 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).
>> Mouhamed
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