[gmx-users] Trouble balancing GPU/CPU force calculation load, ratio = 0.09
jason.hill at zoologi.su.se
Mon Dec 15 16:30:06 CET 2014
Thank you for the advice. Using that as a starting point I think I now understand the Thread-MPI / OpenMP system a little better. Since my server does have 4 CPU sockets, 8 cores/socket, and 2 threads/core, -ntmpi 4 therefore designates 1 MPI-thread per socket, and 16 open MP threads per MPI-thread, does that sound right? Doing this doubles my simulation speed and I no longer get the warner of the GPU being so drastically underused. Now, as I monitor the run I see that GROMACS is still only using between 8-12 full time CPU threads, any idea why that is and if I can increase that?
> Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:57:19 +0100
> From: Carsten Kutzner <ckutzne at gwdg.de>
> To: gmx-users at gromacs.org
> Subject: Re: [gmx-users] Trouble balancing GPU/CPU force calculation
> load, ratio = 0.09
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> from the log file it seems that you were actually using 64 OpenMP threads.
> This is not very efficient, you could try to start mdrun with 4 thread-MPI
> ranks (instead of 1), e.g.
> mdrun -ntmpi 4 -gpu_id 0000 -s ?
> Could it be that another process was running on your node while you
> ran the simulation?
> On 15 Dec 2014, at 12:45, Jason Hill <jason.hill at zoologi.su.se> wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> I am simulating a protein in water and am concerned that I am not using my hardware to the best of it?s abilities. Here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwAaTxAET7c5VkZERkFsa1cyRlk/view?usp=sharing <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwAaTxAET7c5VkZERkFsa1cyRlk/view?usp=sharing>) is the log file from a 1 nanosecond simulation. The only piece of information missing from it that may be of use is that I am using the OPLS/AA force field. Additionally, GROMACS only seems to be using 8-12 cores of the 64 available despite it?s complaint that the GPU is being underutilized. Please take a look and if you can, give me some advice about improving my simulation efficiency.
>> Best regards,
>> Jason Hill, Ph.D.
>> Wheat Lab
>> Zoologiska Institutionen
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