[gmx-users] Regarding Gromacs 5.0.3 parallel computation

Téletchéa Stéphane stephane.teletchea at univ-nantes.fr
Wed Dec 10 13:19:04 CET 2014

Le 10/12/2014 12:28, Bikash Ranjan Sahoo a écrit :
> Dear Dr. Stéphane,
>  Thank you for your quick reply. How can I solve this? Can you please 
> guide me in getting the right command to run mdrun as fast as gromacs 
> 4.5.5 -nt command. I am pasting the architecture of my cluster below. 
> Kindly help me understanding how can I modify the mdrun_mpi command to 
> access multi cores in my cluster.

Dear Bikash,

Why not using the -nt option in gromacs 5.0.3 too?
My point was that you should use the same parameters for comparison of 

What I would do is:

mdrun -nt 30 -pin auto

Try first using the gromacs tools (-pin auto) than using the "dplace" 
command since in your case
you ask it to split you job on different cpu according to the diagram 
you showed. At least you could
use the logical architecture for the dplace command:

Last, you should also try to first tune the pme decomposition using the 
"tunepme" option on a short run
to see if the rather rough domain decomposition done by mdrun in a first 
approach is optimal for your system.

You should also try to use cpu multiplicity and power of two for maximal 
in your case, probably something like -nt 12, -nt 24 or -nt 36, since 
each cpu seems to be a 12-core ...

See their respective manuals and command line helps for more info.



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