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From: Sven Stork (stork_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-08-25 09:25:01

Hello Miguel,

this is caused by the shared memory mempool. Per default this shared memory
mapping has a size of 512 MB. You can use the "mpool_sm_size" parameter to
reduce size e.g.

mpirun -mca mpool_sm_size <SIZE> ...


On Friday 25 August 2006 15:04, Miguel Figueiredo Mascarenhas Sousa Filipe
> Hi there,
> I'm using openmpi-1.1 on a linux-amd64 machine and also a linux-32bit x86
> chroot environment on that same machine.
> (distro is gentoo, compilers: gcc-4.1.1 and gcc-3.4.6)
> In both cases openmpi-1.1 shows a +/-400MB overhead in virtual memory usage
> (virtual address space usage) for each MPI process.
> In my case this is quite troublesome because my application in 32bit mode is
> counting on using the whole 4GB address space for the problem set size and
> associated data.
> This means that I have a reduction in the size of the problems which it can
> solve.
> (my aplication isn't 64bit safe yet, so I need to run in 32bit mode, and use
> effectively the 4GB address space)
> Is there a way to tweak this overhead, by configuring openmpi to use smaller
> buffers, or anything else ?
> I do not see this with mpich2.
> Best regards,
> --
> Miguel Sousa Filipe