[Beowulf] Re: building a new cluster

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Thu Sep 2 21:25:43 EDT 2004


SC Huang wrote:

>I need to do 1D FFT in some cases and 2D FFT in others. The data size
>(per MPI task) is about several megabytes (double precision
>calculation), plus some working variables, so I guess they cannot fit
>in cache completely.
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Possibly close though.   You would benefit from a large cache in this case.

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>>You will want to look at the Intel MKL and the AMD ACML.  They will
>>help 
>>out with good implementations of some of these routines.
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>I try to avoid that because I have to port the code to various
>platforms from time to time. Compatability is very important to me.
>Currently I am using a package from netlib.org. I plan to migrate to
>FFTW (but haven't got time to do so), as Tim Mattox have suggested.
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Ok, fftw is good, and it is portable.

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>>This is an interesting way to go if your IO can be non-local, or if
>>you 
>>just need local scratch space.  It makes building clusters quite 
>>fast/easy. 
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>My IO is totally local. Sometimes I need to run the same code on
>clusters operated by others. I want to save the trouble to change the
>code back and forth.o
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Ok, you can do a real nice "diskless" compute node using Warewulf, where 
the nodes have simple local disks for swap and scratch. 

Joe

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