[Beowulf] Strange SGE scheduling problem

Shannon V. Davidson svdavidson at charter.net
Wed Jul 23 17:02:08 EDT 2008


Schoenefeld, Keith wrote:
> My cluster has 8 slots (cores)/node in the form of two quad-core
> processors. Only recently we've started running jobs on it that require
> 12 slots.  We've noticed significant speed problems running multiple 12
> slot jobs, and quickly discovered that the node that was running 4 slots
> on one job and 4 slots on another job was running both jobs on the same
> processor cores (i.e. both job1 and job2 were running on CPU's #0-#3,
> and the CPUs #4-#7 were left idling.  The result is that the jobs were
> competing for time on half the processors that were available.
>
> In addition, a 4 slot job started well after the 12 slot job has ramped
> up results in the same problem (both the 12 slot job and the four slot
> job get assigned to the same slots on a given node).
>
> Any insight as to what is occurring here and how I could prevent it from
> happening?  We were are using SGE + mvapich 1.0 and a PE that has the
> $fill_up allocation rule.
>
> I have also posted this question to the hpc_training-l at georgetown.edu
> mailing list, so my apologies for people who get this email multiple
> times.
> Any insight as to what is occurring here and how I could prevent it from
> happening?  We were are using SGE + mvapich 1.0 and a PE that has the
> $fill_up allocation rule.
>   

This sounds like MVAPICH is assigning your MPI tasks to your CPUs 
starting with CPU#0.  If you are going to run multiple MVAPICH jobs on 
the same host, turn off CPU affinity by starting the MPI tasks with the 
environment variable VIADEV_USE_AFFINITY=0 and VIADEV_ENABLE_AFFINITY=0.

Cheers,
Shannon

> Any help is appreciated.
>
> -- KS
>
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