[gmx-users] Networking

Mehmet Suezen suzen at theochem.tu-muenchen.de
Tue Jan 8 09:19:03 CET 2002


MyriNet may reduce communications overhead this is certain case. (Or
Dolphin) In my simulations
I gain around 30% over MyriNet. Since gromacs using
spatial-decomposition algorithms 
scaling should be fine. Also Kernel 2.4 gives better TCP performace,
which should be take into 


Justin MacCallum wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a couple of questions/comments regarding scaling over gigabit
> ethernet.
> Our hardware vendor has given us three gigabit ethernet (Intel PRO/1000T
> Server) and a switch (Intel NetStructure 470T) for evaluation.  We have
> dual PIII 1Ghz nodes in our cluster.  I tried two test systems.  The first
> one was a 64 lipid DOPC bilayer with ~11000 atoms.  The second was a box
> of water containing 81000 atoms.  Both systems used a 0.9 rlist, 1.4 rdw
> and 0.9 rcoulomb with PME, order=4, fourierspacing=0.12, optimize_fft=yes.
> For both systems I ran two simulations, one on two processors and one on
> four.  For both systems, the two processor version performed slightly
> better than the four processor one.  In both cases, the network load in
> the four processor versions was about 5%.  Based on previous benchmarks on
> fast ethernet nodes, I expect things to scale much better without PME.
> >From this I've concluded that for our hardware and systems we are latency
> bound.  In order to improve scaling we need to move to an interconnect
> with lower latency, such as myrinet, or stop using PME.  Does this sound
> right?  Also, does anyone know of any kernel parameters that may be
> tweaked to improve latency on gibabit or fast ethernet?
> Thanks,
> Justin
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