[Beowulf] scalability

Douglas Eadline deadline at eadline.org
Thu Dec 10 05:45:30 PST 2009

The performance of GigE can vary widely based on several

 - chipset
 - driver
 - driver settings (interrupt coalescing etc.)
 - switch performance under load
 - switch manufacturer

A well tuned GigE network is never as good as
IB or Myrinet, but it can work well for some codes.
You can also try using Open-MX instead of TCP
for MPI communications.


> Hi all,
> I have, with my group, a small cluster of about 16 nodes (each one with
> single socket Xeon 3085 or 3110; And I face problem of poor scalability.
> Its
> network is quite ordinary GiGE (perhaps DLink DGS-1024D 24-Port
> 10/100/1000), store and forward switch, of price about $250 only.
> ftp://ftp10.dlink.com/pdfs/products/DGS-1024D/DGS-1024D_ds.pdf
> How should I work on that for better scalability?
> What could be better affordable options of fast switches? (Myrinet,
> Infiniband are quite costly).
> When buying a switch what should we see in it? What latency?
> Thank you very much.
> _______________________________________________
> Beowulf mailing list, Beowulf at beowulf.org sponsored by Penguin Computing
> To change your subscription (digest mode or unsubscribe) visit
> http://www.beowulf.org/mailman/listinfo/beowulf


More information about the Beowulf mailing list