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Subject: [OMPI devel] Nearly unlimited growth of pml free list
From: Max Staufer (max.staufer_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-09-11 10:22:31

Hi All,

     as I already asked in the users list, I was told thats not the
right place to ask, I came across a "missbehaviour" of openmpi
version 1.4.5 and 1.6.5 alike.

the mca_pml_ob1_send function keeps allocating memory in the pml free
list. It does that indefinitly. In my case the list
grew to about 100Gb.

I can controll the maximum using the pml_ob1_free_list_max parameter,
but then the application just stops working when this number of entries
in the list is reached.

The interesting part is that the growth only happens in a single place
in the code, which is RECURSIVE SUBROUTINE.

And the called function is an MPI_ALLREDUCE(... MPI_SUM)

Apparently its not easy to create a test program that shows the same
behaviour, just recursion is not enought.

Is there a mca parameter that allows to limit the total list size
without making the app. stop ?

or is there a way to enforce the lock on the free list entries ?

Thanks for all the help