[Beowulf] Weird problem with mpp-dyna

Joshua Baker-LePain jlb17 at duke.edu
Wed Mar 14 09:33:17 EDT 2007


I have a user trying to run a coupled structural thermal analsis using 
mpp-dyna (mpp971_d_7600.2.398).  The underlying OS is centos-4 on x86_64 
hardware.  We use our cluster largely as a COW, so all the cluster nodes 
have both public and private network interfaces.  All MPI traffic is 
passed on the private network.

Running a simulation via 'mpirun -np 12' works just fine.  Running the 
same sim (on the same virtual machine, even, i.e. in the same 'lamboot' 
session) with -np > 12 leads to the following output:

Performing Decomposition -- Phase 3 03/12/2007
11:47:53


*** Error the number of solid elements 13881
defined on the thermal generation control
card is greater than the total number
of solids in the model 12984

*** Error the number of solid elements 13929
defined on the thermal generation control
card is greater than the total number
of solids in the model 12985
connect to address $ADDRESS: Connection timed out
connect to address $ADDRESS: Connection timed out

where $ADDRESS is the IP address of the *public* interface of the node on 
which the job was launched.  Has anybody seen anything like this?  Any 
ideas on why it would fail over a specific number of CPUs?

Note that the failure is CPU dependent, not node-count dependent.
I've tried on clusters made of both dual-CPU machines and quad-CPU
machines, and in both cases it took 13 CPUs to create the failure.
Note also that I *do* have a user writing his own MPI code, and he has no 
issues running on >12 CPUs.

Thanks.

-- 
Joshua Baker-LePain
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University
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