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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Openmpi not using IB and no warning message
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-26 15:20:50

On Oct 15, 2009, at 2:14 AM, Sangamesh B wrote:

> I've run ibpingpong tests. They are working fine.

Sorry for the delay in replying.


> Are there any additional tests available which will make sure that
> "there is no problem with IB software and Open MPI. The problem is
> with Application or IB hardware"?

George mentioned the point that using "--mca btl openib,self" will
only allow OMPI to use those two networks. So you should be good
there -- with those command line options, it'll either run on IB or it
will fail to run if the IB is not working.

Unfortunately, OMPI currently only has a negative acknowledgement when
you're *not* using high-performance networks -- it doesn't give you a
positive acknowledgement when it *is* using a high-performance network
(because this is the much more common case).

> Because we've faced some critical problems:

This one *appears* to be an application issue. But there was no
information provided beyond the initial posting, so it's impossible to


Pasha had a good reply to this post:

If he's right (and he usually is :-) ), then one of your IB ports when
from ACTIVE to DOWN during the run, potentially indicating bad
hardware (i.e., Open MPI simply reported the error -- it's possible/
likely that Open MPI didn't *cause* the error). Pasha suggested using
ibdiagnet to verify your fabric. Failing that, you might want to
contact your IB/cluster vendor for assistance with a layer-0
diagnostic of your IB fabric.

Hope that helps!

Jeff Squyres