[Beowulf] help for metadata-intensive jobs (imagenet)

Michael Di Domenico mdidomenico4 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 10:52:26 PDT 2019

oh and knowing what type of fileystem you're on would help with recommendations.

On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 1:51 PM Michael Di Domenico
<mdidomenico4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> i'm not familiar with the imagenet set, but i'm suprised you'd see a
> bottleneck.  my understanding of the ML image sets is that they're
> mostly read.  do you have things like noatime set on the filesystem?
> do you know specifically which ops are pounding the metadata?
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 1:47 PM Mark Hahn <hahn at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> > I wonder if anyone has comments on ways to avoid metadata bottlenecks
> > for certain kinds of small-io-intensive jobs.  For instance, ML on imagenet,
> > which seems to be a massive collection of trivial-sized files.
> >
> > A good answer is "beef up your MD server, since it helps everyone".
> > That's a bit naive, though (no money-trees here.)
> >
> > How about things like putting the dataset into squashfs or some other
> > image that can be loop-mounted on demand?  sqlite?  perhaps even a format
> > that can simply be mmaped as a whole?
> >
> > personally, I tend to dislike the approach of having a job stage tons of
> > stuff onto node storage (when it exists) simply because that guarantees a
> > waste of cpu/gpu/memory resources for however long the stagein takes...
> >
> > thanks, mark hahn.
> > --
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