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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] mpi functions are slow when first called and become normal afterwards
From: Brock Palen (brockp_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-29 15:45:06

> When MPI_Bcast and MPI_Reduce are called for the first time, they
> are very slow. But after that, they run at normal and stable speed.
> Is there anybody out there who have encountered such problem? If you
> need any other information, please let me know and I'll provide.
> Thanks in advance.

This is expected, and I think you can dig though the message archive
to find the answer. OMPI does not wireup all the communication at
startup, thus the first time you communicate with a host the
connection is made, but after that it is fast because it is already
open. This behavior is expected, and is needed for very large systems
where you could run out of sockets for some types of communication
with so many hosts.

Brock Palen
Center for Advanced Computing

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