[gmx-developers] Slow PME with git master and gcc 4.3.3 & 4.3.4
alexxyum at gmail.com
Sat May 15 10:30:02 CEST 2010
I made some tests with current git master and gcc-4.4.3 and gcc-4.5.0
Seems gromacs compiled with gcc-4.5.0 is a little bit faster then gcc-4.4.3
I can do this tests with profiling if needed
2010/5/15 Roland Schulz <roland at utk.edu>
> it is caused by gcc using expf instead of exp.
> By changing pme.c in the two places where exp is called this way:
> - tmp1[kx] = exp(tmp1[kx]);
> + double t = tmp1[kx];
> + tmp1[kx] = exp(t);
> gcc 4.3.4 is as fast as gcc 4.4.2.
> See also http://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=35202
> (The bug is not related to performance but it discusses the replacement
> from exp->expf)
> But what I don't understand at all is why expf is so much slower (expf 7-8x
> as slow in pme.c than exp (*)). A small test program which computes exp on
> an array, compiled with gcc 4.3.4 is actually faster than with 4.4.2 (30%).
> Thus for the test-program the expf seams to be faster. Why expf is so slow
> in pme.c is odd.
> *) Got that measurement form HPCToolkit. Shows performance line-by-line.
> Thus it was easy to pin-point the cause.
> On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 10:43 AM, Berk Hess <hess at cbr.su.se> wrote:
>> The PME code in git master is a lot faster than the current 4.0.7
>> release code.
>> However, there seems to be a bug in gcc version 4.3.3 and 4.3.4 (4.3.2
>> and 4.4.1 are fine)
>> that make the pme_solve part 5 times (!) slower than with proper
>> compiler versions.
>> This is between 10% and 20% of the total mdrun performance.
>> We are currently trying to figure out what triggers this issue and we
>> are sending
>> a bug report to the gcc mailing list.
>> I someone has a hint, please reply.
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Alexey 'Alexxy' Shvetsov
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Department of Molecular and Radiation Biophysics
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