[Beowulf] newb question - help with NUMA + mpich2 + GPUs

Christopher Samuel samuel at unimelb.edu.au
Mon Feb 20 19:31:12 PST 2012


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On 21/02/12 09:52, Micha wrote:

> Things are actually more complex as this is a mixed GPU/GPU (CUDA) 
> system so I'm also looking for how to effectively transfer data
> between GPUs siting on different PCIe slots and find the affinity
> between GPUs and CPUs. Also at what stage is the support for using
> MPI to copy between GPUs?

The hwloc library from the Open-MPI folks will probably help with some
of it:

http://www.open-mpi.org/projects/hwloc/

It can show you which cores are near which PCI devices for instance
and lstopo is a fantastic tool for getting a quick overview of a node.

I *believe* that code is in the 1.5 series but it'd be well worth
asking the question on the open-mpi lists to get a definitive answer
from someone who knows what they're talking about. :-)

There was also a discussion on the Open-MPI devel list recently about
why MVAPICH2 appears to do better than it with GPUs (for the moment),
the summary is here:

http://www.open-mpi.org/community/lists/devel/2012/02/10430.php

Hope this helps!
Chris
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