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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] OPENMPI 1.2.7 & PGI compilers: configure option --disable-ptmalloc2-opt-sbrk
From: Francesco Iannone (francesco.iannone_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-16 08:05:02

Hi Jeff
I used the configure option:


To solve a segmentation fault in memory allocation with openmpi.1.2.x and
PGI 7.1-4 and 7.2.

I have a simple source code (Callocrash.c) as example of this (see belowe).

Could you test this code on a node with 8 Gbyte of RAM and RedHat enterprise
4+ openmpi 1.2.x, PGI 7.1-4.

I compiled it with:

 pgcc -o Callocrash Callocreash.c (it's ok)
 gnu4 -o Callocrash Callocreash.c (it's ok)
 mpicc -o Callocrash Callocreash.c (Segmentation fault in sysMALLOC when
it has to allocate 622947588 bytes)

However thanks in advance



#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

int main( int argc, char *argv[])
         * memory allocations simulation for ~50M nonzeros:
         * nd=180 md=350 mdy=420
         * if this program crashes, there is a compiler problem
        printf("memory allocations simulation for ~50M nonzeros: nd=180
md=350 mdy=420\n");
        printf("if this program crashes, there check your
compiler/environment configuration\n");

        printf("sizeof(int) %d\n",sizeof(int));
        printf("sizeof(int*) %d\n",sizeof(int*));
        printf("sizeof(size_t) %d\n",sizeof(size_t));

        if( sizeof(size_t)<8 || sizeof(int*)<8 )
                printf("please compile this program for a 64 bit
        return -1;
        int *p;
        printf("allocation 1/4..\n");
        p = calloc(47109185,16);
        printf("allocation 2/4..\n");
        p = calloc(47109185,4);
        printf("allocation 3/4..\n");
        p = calloc(47109185,4);
        printf("allocation 4/4..\n");
        p = calloc(622947588,16);
        if(!p) return -1;

        printf("allocations test passed (no crash)\n");
        return 0;

On 15/10/08 19:42, "Jeff Squyres" <jsquyres_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> On Oct 15, 2008, at 9:35 AM, Francesco Iannone wrote:
>> I have a cluster of 16 nodes DualCPU DualCore AMD RAM 16 GB with
>> InfiniBand
>> CISCO HCA and switch InfiniBand.
>> It uses Linux RH Enterprise 4 64 bit , OpenMPI 1.2.7, PGI 7.1-4 and
>> openib-1.2-7.
>> Hence it means that the option ‹disable-ptmalloc2 is catastrophic in
>> the
>> above configuration.
> Actually, I notice that in your original message, you said "--disable-
> ptmalloc2-opt-sbrk", but here you said "--disable-ptmalloc2". The
> former is:
> Only trigger callbacks when sbrk is used
> for small
> allocations, rather than every call to
> malloc/free.
> (default: enabled)
> So it should be fine to disable; it shouldn't affect overall MPI
> performance too much.
> The latter disables ptmalloc2 entirely (and you'll likely get lower
> benchmark bandwidth for large messages).
> I'm unaware of either of these options leading to problems with the
> PGI compiler suite; I have tested OMPI v1.2.x with several versions of
> the PGI compiler without problem (although my latest version is PGI
> 7.1-4).

Dr. Francesco Iannone
Associazione EURATOM-ENEA sulla Fusione
C.R. ENEA Frascati
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