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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] OpenMPI at scale on Cray XK7
From: Ralph Castain (rhc_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-04-23 13:17:46

On Apr 23, 2013, at 10:09 AM, Nathan Hjelm <hjelmn_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:21:49PM +0400, ???????????????????? ???????????? wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Nathan, could you please advise what is expected startup time for OpenMPI
>> job at such scale (128K ranks)? I'm interesting in
>> 1) time from mpirun start to completion of MPI_Init()
> It takes less than a minute to run:
> mpirun -n 131072 /bin/true
>> 2) time from MPI_Init() start to completion of MPI_Init()
> A simple MPI application took about about 1.25 mins to run. If you want to see our setup you can take a look at contrib/platform/lanl/cray_xe6.
>>> From my experience for 52800 rank job
>> 1) took around 20 min
>> 2) took around 12 min
>> that actually looks like a hung.
> How many nodes? I have never seen launch times that bad on Cielo. You could try adding -mca routed debruijn -novm and see if that helps. It will reduce the amount of communication between compute nodes and the login node.

I believe the debrujin module was turned off a while ago due to a bug that wasn't fixed. However, try using

"-mca routed radix -mca routed_radix 64"

>> Any advice how to improve startup times of large scale jobs would be very
>> much appreciated.
> The bottleneck for launching at scale is the initial communication between the orteds and mpirun. At this time I don't know what can be done to improve that (I have some ideas but nothing has been implemented yet). At 8192 nodes this takes less than a minute. Everything else should be fairly quick.

I mentioned this to Pasha on the phone call today. We had previously collaborated to get a pretty fast startup time on this machine - I believe we used static ports to reduce the initial comm scaling. You might want to check with him.

> -Nathan Hjelm
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