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Old   November 25, 2010, 09:35
Question Help with parallel exec on Intel i7
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Hello to everybody,

I'm a complete newbie with CFD and Star-CCM+.
I'm trying to learn something on this software thru tutorials and examples.

I have the following problem: when I start Star-CCM+ in parallel mode I get the following warning:

Starting local server: starccm+ -server -np 2
Worker Node[2]@XXXX process 692 (MPICH2:nemesis)
Master Node[0]@XXXX process 5460 (MPICH2:nemesis)

STAR-CCM+ Version 4.04.011 (win64/intel10.1)
Worker Node[1]@XXXX process 5404 (MPICH2:nemesis)

Server::start XXXX:51786
Disabling parallel asynchronous communications.
STAR-CCM+ will avoid using non-blocking communication. This may degrade the performance.


My machine is a laptop with a intel-i7 Q720 (4 core - 8 threads), I use Windows 7 64 bit, and MPICH2 ver. 1.3.

My question is: is there a way to configure MPICH2 or Star to use the parallel asynchronous comms? How much does this have an impact on performance?

Thank you very much for your help.

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Old   November 29, 2010, 15:25
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It has a small but measurable effect. There's a checkbox in Tools>Options>Parallel> that you can change.
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Old   November 29, 2010, 15:55
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thank you very much! i will do some benchmarks.
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Old   December 1, 2010, 09:58
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What are the disadvantages of using the asynchronous?

cfdnewbie1, I would be interested on the bechmark times. If you can pst them when done that would be appreciated.

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Old   December 23, 2010, 08:27
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Here the results of the benchmark done with the bluntbody.sim tutorial.
4 cpus

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Solution
Accumulated CPU Time over all processes (s) 6007.063
Elapsed Time (s) 1506.699829
Iterations 1500

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Accumulated CPU Time over all processes (s) 6178.668
Elapsed Time (s) 1550.230431
Iterations 1500
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Old   December 25, 2010, 05:34
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hello, just a simple information: I'm trying to do the same on an i7, but star-ccm replies with "no MPI distribution found", even if I installed mpich2. How did you get it to work? I mean, first installed star, then mpich, etcc
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Old   December 27, 2010, 11:07
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You have to start the set the mpich process to start automatically.

try to google
smpd.exe –install
mpiexec.exe –register
you can find all the info!

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