[Beowulf] Weird blade performs worse as more cpus are used?

Faraz Hussain info at feacluster.com
Tue Sep 26 18:28:52 PDT 2017

The issue seems is now resolved after I did a full power down ( cold  
boot )! No idea what caused the issue in the first place.

Quoting Joe Landman <joe.landman at gmail.com>:

> On 09/14/2017 11:34 AM, Faraz Hussain wrote:
>> Earlier I had posted about one of our blades running 30-50% slower  
>> than other  ones despite having identical hardware and OS. I  
>> followed the suggestions and compared cpu temperature, memory,  
>> dmesg and sysctl. Everything looks the same.
>> I then used "perf stat" to compare speed of pigz ( parralel gzip ).  
>> The results are quite interesting. Using one cpu, the slow blade is  
>> as fast as the rest! But as I use more cpus, the speed decreases  
>> linearly from 3.1Ghz to 0.4 Ghz. See snippets from "perf stat"  
>> command below. All tests were on /tmp to eliminate any nfs issue.  
>> And same behavior is observed with any multi-threaded program.
> What does numastat report?  /tmp is a ramdisk or tmpfs?  Are the  
> nodes/cpus otherwise idle?  What does lscpu on a good/bad node report?
> If it decreases on a 1/Ncpu curve, then you have a fixed sized  
> resource bandwidth contention issue you are fighting.   The question  
> is what.
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