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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] RE : RE : Latency of 250 microseconds with Open-MPI 1.4.3, Mellanox Infiniband and 256 MPI ranks
From: Yevgeny Kliteynik (kliteyn_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-09-26 04:27:55

On 22-Sep-11 12:09 AM, Jeff Squyres wrote:
> On Sep 21, 2011, at 4:24 PM, Sébastien Boisvert wrote:
>>> What happens if you run 2 ibv_rc_pingpong's on each node? Or N ibv_rc_pingpongs?
>> With 11 ibv_rc_pingpong's
>> Code to do that =>
>> Latencies are around 20 microseconds.
> This seems to imply that the network is to blame for the higher latency...?

Interesting... I'm getting the same latency with ibv_rc_pingpong.
I get 8.5 usec for a single ping-pong.

Please run 'ibclearcounters' to reset fabric counters, then
ibdiagnet to make sure that the fabric is clean.
If you have 4x QDR cluster, run ibdiagnet as follows:

ibdiagnet --ls 10 --lw 4x

Check that you don't have any errors/warnings.

Then please run your script with ib_write_lat instead of ibv_rc_pingpong.
Just replace the command in the script and the rest would be fine.

If the fabric is clean, you're supposed to get typical
latency of ~1.4 usec.

-- YK

> I.e., if you run the same pattern with MPI processes and get 20us latency, that would tend to imply that the network itself is not performing well with that IO pattern.
>> My job seems to do well so far with ofud !
>> [sboisver12_at_colosse2 ray]$ qstat
>> job-ID prior name user state submit/start at queue slots ja-task-ID
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> 3047460 0.55384 fish-Assem sboisver12 r 09/21/2011 15:02:25 med_at_r104-n58 256
> I would still be suspicious -- ofud is not well tested, and it can definitely hang if there are network drops.