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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Dual quad core Opteron hangs on Bcast.
From: Matthew MacManes (macmanes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-01-04 14:26:30

also, you can use -mca btl ^sm which, at least for me, actually gives better performance than does increasing fifos..


On Jan 3, 2010, at 10:04 PM, Louis Rossi wrote:

> I am having a problem with BCast hanging on a dual quad core Opteron (2382, 2.6GHz, Quad Core, 4 x 512KB L2, 6MB L3 Cache) system running FC11 with openmpi-1.4. The LD_LIBRARY_PATH and PATH variables are correctly set. I have used the FC11 rpm distribution of openmpi and built openmpi-1.4 locally with the same results. The problem was first observed in a larger reliable CFD code, but I can create the problem with a simple demo code (attached). The code attempts to execute 2000 pairs of broadcasts.
> The hostfile contains a single line
> <machinename> slots=8
> If I run it with 4 cores or fewer, the code will run fine.
> If I run it with 5 cores or more, it will hang some of the time after successfully executing several hundred broadcasts. The number varies from run to run. The code usually finishes with 5 cores. The probability of hanging seems to increase with the number of nodes. The syntax I use is simple.
> mpiexec -machinefile hostfile -np 5 bcast_example
> There was some discussion of a similar problem on the user list, but I could not find a resolution. I have tried setting the processor affinity (--mca mpi_paffinity_alone 1). I have tried varying the broadcast algorithm (--mca coll_tuned_bcast_algorithm 1-6). I have also tried excluding (-mca oob_tcp_if_exclude) my eth1 interface (see ifconfig.txt attached) which is not connected to anything. None of these changed the outcome.
> Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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