[Beowulf] Performance degrading
jorg.sassmannshausen at strath.ac.uk
Mon Dec 14 10:17:15 EST 2009
I am scratching my head but apart from getting splinters into my fingers I
cannot find a good answer for the following problem:
I am running a DFT program (NWChem) in parallel on our cluster (AMD Opterons,
single quad cores in the node, 12 GB of RAM, Gigabit network) and at certain
stages of the run top is presenting me with that:
top - 15:10:48 up 13 days, 22:20, 1 user, load average: 0.26, 0.24, 0.19
Tasks: 106 total, 1 running, 105 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu0 : 8.0% us, 2.7% sy, 0.0% ni, 82.7% id, 0.0% wa, 1.3% hi, 5.3% si
Cpu1 : 4.1% us, 1.4% sy, 0.0% ni, 94.6% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Cpu2 : 2.7% us, 0.0% sy, 0.0% ni, 97.3% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Cpu3 : 0.0% us, 0.0% sy, 0.0% ni, 100.0% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 12250540k total, 5581756k used, 6668784k free, 273396k buffers
Swap: 16779884k total, 0k used, 16779884k free, 3841688k cached
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
16885 sassy 15 0 3928m 1.7g 1.4g S 4 14.4 312:19.92 nwchem
16886 sassy 15 0 3928m 1.7g 1.4g S 4 14.5 313:08.77 nwchem
16887 sassy 15 0 3920m 1.7g 1.4g S 3 14.4 316:18.24 nwchem
16888 sassy 15 0 3923m 1.6g 1.3g S 3 13.3 316:13.55 nwchem
16890 sassy 15 0 2943m 1.7g 1.7g S 3 14.8 104:32.33 nwchem
It is not a few seconds it does it, it appears to be for a prolonged period of
time. I checked it randomly for say 1 min and the performance is well below
50 % (most of the time around 20 %). I have not noticed that when I am
running the job within one node.
I have the suspicion that the Gigabit network is the problem, but I really
would like to pinpoint that so I can get my boss to upgrade to a better
network for parallel computing (hence my previous question about Open-MX).
Now how, as I am not an admin of that cluster, would I be able to do that?
Thanks for your comments.
Best wishes from Glasgow!
University of Strathclyde
Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry
295 Cathedral St.
email: jorg.sassmannshausen at strath.ac.uk
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