MPI's on two NIC clusters
joachim at lfbs.RWTH-Aachen.DE
Tue Feb 5 00:27:21 PST 2002
Slick . wrote:
> Couple of questions,
> 1. Does channel bonding(kernel patch) take care of MPI's for two NIC beowulf architectures ? Or do i need to do something else ?
If the two NICs appear as one network device, you should be ready to go.
> 2. Is MP_lite better than MPI in terms of performance ? or is it application dependent ?
It depends on the MPI implementation and the network, also on the memory
bandwidth of the system, and for a minor part on the CPU speed. A good
MPI-implementation will add very little overhead to the raw network
delay. The MPI-implementation on top of SCI that I have developed
(SCI-MPICH) approximates 100% of the raw SCI bandwidth for large
messages, and adds less then 3us latency for small messages, while
giving full, unrestricted MPI semantics. YMMV for other MPI
I wouldn't bother with MP_lite if a decent full MPI implementation is
available for the plattform.
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