On Mar 5, 2009, at 9:29 AM, Shanyuan Gao wrote:
> I am doing some research on MPI barrier operations. And I am ready
> to do some performance test.
> I wonder if there are any applications that using barriers a lot.
> Please let me know if there
> is any. Any comments are welcomed. Thanks!
I don't remember who originally said it, but I've repeated the
statement: any MPI program that relies on a barrier for correctness is
an incorrect MPI application.
There's anecdotal evidence that throwing in a barrier every once in a
while can help reduce unexpected messages (and other things), and
therefore improve performance a bit. But that's very application
dependent, and usually not frequent.
Why do you want to do a barrier? Particularly one that sounds like it
might be in your critical performance path?