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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] more Bugs in MPI_Abort() -- mpirun
From: Randolph Pullen (randolph_pullen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-23 03:08:11

That is effectively what I have done by changing to the immediate send/receive and waiting in a loop a finite number of times for the transfers to complete - and calling MPI_abort if they do not complete in a set time.
It is not clear how I can kill mpirun in a manner consistent with the API.
Are you implying I should call exit() rather than MPI_abort?

--- On Wed, 23/6/10, David Zhang <solarbikedz_at_[hidden]> wrote:

From: David Zhang <solarbikedz_at_[hidden]>
Subject: Re: [OMPI users] more Bugs in MPI_Abort() -- mpirun
To: "Open MPI Users" <users_at_[hidden]>
Received: Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, 4:37 PM

Since you turned the machine off instead of just killing one of the processes, no signals could be sent to other processes.  Perhaps you could institute some sort of handshaking in your software that periodically check for the attendance of all machines, and timeout if not all are present within some alloted time?

On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 10:43 PM, Randolph Pullen <randolph_pullen_at_[hidden]> wrote:

I have a mpi program that aggregates data from multiple sql systems.  It all runs fine.  To test fault tolerance I switch one of the machines off while it is running.  The result is always a hang, ie mpirun never completes.

To try and avoid this I have replaced the send and receive calls with immediate calls (ie MPI_Isend, MPI_Irecv) to try and trap long waiting sends and receives but it makes no difference.
My requirement is that all complete or mpirun exits with an error - no matter where they are in their execution when a failure occurs.  This system must continue (ie fail)  if a machine dies, regroup and re-cast the job over the remaining nodes.

I am running FC10, gcc 4.3.2 and openMPI 1.4.1
4G RAM, dual core intel all x86_64

The commands I have tried:
mpirun  -hostfile ~/mpd.hosts -np 6  ./ingsprinkle  test t3  "select * from tab"  

mpirun -mca btl ^sm -hostfile ~/mpd.hosts -np 6  ./ingsprinkle  test t3  "select * from tab"   

mpirun -mca orte_forward_job_control 1  -hostfile ~/mpd.hosts -np 6  ./ingsprinkle  test t3  "select * from tab"   


The results:
recv returned 0 with status 0
waited  # 2000002 tiumes - now status is  0 flag is -1976147192

MPI_ABORT was invoked on rank 0 in communicator MPI_COMM_WORLD
with errorcode 5.

NOTE: invoking MPI_ABORT causes Open MPI to kill all MPI processes.

exactly when Open MPI kills them.

node bd01 exiting without calling "finalize". This may
have caused other processes in the application to be
terminated by signals sent by mpirun (as reported here).

[*** wait a long time ***]
[bd01:29136] [[55293,0],0]-[[55293,0],1] mca_oob_tcp_msg_recv: readv failed: Connection reset by peer (104)

^Cmpirun: abort is already in progress...hit ctrl-c again to forcibly terminate


As you can see, my trap can signal an abort, the tcp layer can time out but mpirun just keeps on running...

Any help greatly appreciated..


David Zhang
University of California, San Diego
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