[gmx-users] Software Raid and low GROMACS performance
martin.hoefling at gmx.de
Tue Jan 20 20:20:33 CET 2009
Am Dienstag, den 20.01.2009, 17:07 -0200 schrieb Alexandre Suman de
> I have two machines with Intel Quad Core processors and Intel
> motherboards. In the first one I'm running Open Suse with normal
> partition scheme. In the second I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 with software
> RAID 1.
Hard disk IO should not limit scaling and simulations at all (in most
> Running a simulations in parallel (4 process, one for each core) in the
> first computer I have a scaling of almost 100%. The same simulation in
> the second computer gives me a very worst scaling.
In principle, software RAID and RAID functions implemented in
chipsets/BIOS require the CPU. Although RAID 1 should be pretty
inexpensive and even RAID 5 should create high load in most MD
> Is it possible that the software RAID is the responsible for this lost
> in GROMACS performance? Does anybody have experience with this?
Is the rest of the Hardware comparable? To further test impact of your
RAID, you can easily disable RAID 1 by (temporarily) remove one of the
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