Mellanox FCA User Manual

Mellanox FCA User Manual
Fabric Collective Accelerator (FCA)
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Revision History .................................................................................................................................... 6
Preface .................................................................................................................................................... 7
1
2
Introduction to Mellanox Fabric Collective Accelerator ............................................................. 9
1.1
Overview ................................................................................................................................. 9
1.2
Supported MPI Collectives ................................................................................................... 10
1.3
Supported Topologies .......................................................................................................... 11
1.4
Planning the Server Configuration........................................................................................ 11
1.5
FCA Software Components .................................................................................................. 11
1.6
FCA Installation Package Content........................................................................................ 12
Installation and Initial Configuration ........................................................................................... 13
2.1
Overview of Installation and Initial Configuration ................................................................. 13
2.1.1
3
4
5
Installing FCA ................................................................................................................................ 14
3.1
Prerequisites ......................................................................................................................... 14
3.2
Installing the FCA Manager on a Dedicated Node ............................................................... 15
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3.2.1
Installing the FCA Manager from RPM ................................................................... 15
3.2.2
Installing the FCA Manager from Tarball ................................................................ 15
3.2.3
Starting the FCA Manager ...................................................................................... 16
Installing FCA MPI Support Libraries ......................................................................................... 17
4.1
Building OpenMPI 1.6.x with FCA Support .......................................................................... 17
4.2
Verifying the FCA Installation ............................................................................................... 17
4.3
Running MPI Jobs with FCA ................................................................................................. 17
Configuring FCA ........................................................................................................................... 18
5.1
6
Downloading the FCA Software ............................................................................. 13
FCA Manager Configuration Parameters ............................................................................. 18
FCA MPI Runtime Library Configuration Parameters ............................................................... 20
6.1
Specifying FCA Parameters as "mpirun" Command Line Arguments .................................. 20
6.2
Specifying FCA Parameters in the INI File ........................................................................... 20
Configuring Rules for Offloading ................................................................................................ 23
7.1
Enabling Dynamic Rules Mechanism ................................................................................... 23
7.2
Configuring a Specific Rule .................................................................................................. 23
OpenMPI MCA Parameters to Control FCA Offload .................................................................. 25
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List of Figures
Figure 1: FCA Architecture ...................................................................................................................... 9
Figure 2: FCA Components ................................................................................................................... 10
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Table 1: FCA-Related Packages ........................................................................................................... 11
Table 2: System Requirements ............................................................................................................. 14
Table 3: Paths for FCA Manager INI File .............................................................................................. 18
Table 4: FCA Manager INI File Parameters .......................................................................................... 18
Table 5: FCA Parameters in Open MPI at Run Time ............................................................................ 20
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Revision History
Version 2.5 (Sep 30 2014)
 Updated section Building OpenMPI 1.6.x with FCA Support (on page 17)
Version 2.5 (Sep 30 2014)
 Removed the “osm_type” and “ufm_url “ parameters from Table 4 (on page 18)
Version 2.5 (Dec 2012)
 Removed section Upgrading from FCA 2.0 or Later
 Updated the following sections:

FCA Installation Package Content (on page 12)

Downloading the FCA Software (on page 13)

Prerequisites (on page 14)

Building OpenMPI 1.6.x with FCA Support (on page 17)

Installing the FCA Manager on a Dedicated Node (on page 15)

Installing the FCA Manager from RPM (on page 15)
Version 2.2 (May 2012)
 Removed section Activating the Software License
 Updated the following sections:

Prerequisites (on page 14)

Installing the FCA Manager on a Dedicated Node (on page 15)

Configuring a Specific Rule (on page 23)

Upgrading from FCA 2.0 or Later

Starting the FCA Manager (on page 16)
Version 2.1.1 (December 2011)
 Updated the following sections to reflect offloading collective operations onto HCA:

Overview (text and graphics)

Supported Topologies

FCA Installation Package Content
 Updated Prerequisites and Installation sections for 2.1.1.
 Removed section on configuring Grid Director switches to enable FCA.
 Added note for OpenMPI 1.5.x in section “Building OpenMPI 1.4.x with FCA Support.”
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Audience
The intended audience for the Mellanox Fabric Collective Accelerator (FCA) User Manual is
the MPI implementer and the network administrator responsible for managing FCA on
Mellanox InfiniBand switches. It is assumed that the administrator is familiar with advanced
concepts in network management.
Related Documentation
The following document is part of the library for network administrators and installers
supporting the Mellanox FCA:
Document Name
Part Number
Mellanox Fabric Collective Accelerator Release Notes
DOC-00984
Typographical Conventions
Before you start using this guide, it is important to understand the terms and typographical
conventions used in the documentation.
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Formatting convention
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Introduction to Mellanox Fabric Collective
Accelerator
1.1
Overview
The Mellanox Fabric Collective Accelerator (FCA) is a unique solution for offloading
collective operations from the Message Passing Interface (MPI) process to the server CPUs.
As a system-wide solution, FCA does not require any additional hardware. The FCA
manager creates a topology based collective tree, and orchestrates an efficient collective
operation using the CPUs in the servers that are part of the collective operation.
FCA accelerates MPI collective operation performance by up to 100 times providing a
reduction in the overall job runtime. Implementation is simple and transparent during the job
runtime.
FCA is built on the following main principles:
 Topology-aware Orchestration
The MPI collective logical tree is matched to the physical topology. The collective logical
tree is constructed to assure:

Maximum utilization of fast inter-core communication

Distribution of the results.
 Communication Isolation
Collective communications are isolated from the rest of the traffic in the fabric using a
private virtual network (VLane) eliminating contention with other types of traffic.
The following diagram summarizes the FCA architecture:
Figure 1: FCA Architecture
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The following diagram shows the FCA components and the role that each plays in the
acceleration process:
Figure 2: FCA Components
1.2
Supported MPI Collectives
FCA addresses a wide range of applications with out-of-the-box integration with leading
MPI implementations such as Platform MPI and Open MPI, and requires no changes to the
application.
The following MPI collectives are currently supported by FCA and accelerated:
 MPI_Reduce
 MPI_Allreduce
 MPI_Barrier
 MPI_Bcast
 MPI_AllGather
 MPI_AllGatherv
FCA supports an unlimited message size and advanced optimizations for Torus topologies. It
can work with any InfiniBand Subnet Management based software (OpenSM, Embedded
SM, Host SM).
FCA supports the following data types for Reduce and Allreduce operations:
 All data types for C language bindings, except MPI_LONG_DOUBLE.
 All data types for C reduction functions (C reduction types).
 The following data types for FORTRAN language bindings:

MPI_INTEGER

MPI_INTEGER2
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MPI_INTEGER4
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MPI_INTEGER8

MPI_REAL
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MPI_REAL4

MPI_REAL8
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1.3
Supported Topologies
 FCA supports almost all fabric topologies:

Fat Tree

HyperScale

Torus
 FCA requires a Mellanox based Infiniband network.
1.4
Planning the Server Configuration
Following are points to consider when planning on which server to install the FCA Manager:
 The FCA Manager should be installed on a different server than the one where MPI jobs
will run.
 If you do not have two servers running UFM for redundancy, you should install FCA
Manager on the UFM server.
 If you do have two servers running UFM for redundancy, it is best to install FCA
Manager on a non-UFM server and provide it with the virtual address of the UFM
machine.
 Only a single instance of FCA Manager should be running in the fabric.
1.5
FCA Software Components
The FCA-related software components are listed in the following table:
Table 1: FCA-Related Packages
Package
Description
FCA Manager
The FCA Manager is server software that responds to requests from the MPI
application to set up new communicators.
FCA MPI
Runtime
Libraries
The FCA MPI Runtime library is a user-level shared library which is
integrated with specific MPI distributions (IBM PE, OpenMPI, Platforms MPI,
MVAPICH2), that is responsible for offloading MPI collective operations into
Fabric.
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FCA Installation Package Content
The FCA installation package includes the following items:
 FCA - Mellanox Fabric Collector Accelerator Installation files

fca-<version>.x86_64.<OS>.rpm

fca-<version>.x86_64.<OS>.tar.gz
where:
<version> is the version of this release, and
<OS> is one of the supported Linux distributions listed in Prerequisites (on page 14).
 Mellanox Fabric Collective Accelerator (FCA) Software: End-User License Agreement
 FCA Manager software
 FCA MPI runtime libraries
 Mellanox Fabric Collective Accelerator (FCA) User Manual
 Mellanox Fabric Collective Accelerator (FCA) Release Notes
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Installation and Initial Configuration
2.1
Overview of Installation and Initial Configuration
FCA software includes the FCA Manager and the FCA MPI runtime support libraries. FCA
Manager software should be installed on a central management node. For optimal
performance, and to minimize interference with other applications, it is recommended to use
a dedicated server for the FCA Manager installation.
The following sections provide step-by-step instructions for installing the FCA Server
software, and installing the FCA Agent.
2.1.1
Downloading the FCA Software
This software download process applies to software updates as well as for first time
installation.
 To download the FCA software
1. Go to the Mellanox website.
2. Click the Downloads tab and select the relevant version of the software to download.
3. Save the file on your local drive.
4. Click Close.
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3.1
Prerequisites
Before you begin be certain that:
1. InfiniBand Subnet Management is installed and running on a dedicated node in the fabric.
2. Mellanox OFED 1.5.3-3.1.0 or later is installed.
To download the latest MLNX_OFED version, go to:
Mellanox OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution for Linux (MLNX_OFED)
3. Mellanox ConnectX®-2 or ConnectX®-3 HCA with firmware version 2.9.1000 or later.
To download the latest ConnectX® HCA firmware version, go to:
Firmware Downloads
The minimum system requirements for installing and running FCA are listed in the following
table.
NOTE: Mellanox OFED 1.5.3-3.1.0 includes FCA 2.2 and OpenMPI which is compiled
with FCA v2.2.
Both packages should be removed prior to installing FCA v2.5. To remove them, run:
# rpm -e fca
# rpm -e openmpi
Table 2: System Requirements
Item
Requirement
FCA 2.5
Supported switches
Mellanox IB QDR/FDR switches
Linux distributions (<OS>)
RHEL 6.2
Supported HCAs
Mellanox ConnectX®-2 HCA with firmware version 2.9.1000 or
later
Mellanox ConnectX®-3 HCA with firmware version 2.10.0000 or
later
Open Message Passing
Interface (MPI) Project
Open MPI 1.6.3 or later.*
Open Fabrics Enterprise
Distribution (OFED™)
1.5.3-3.1.0 or later
Root permission
The installer should have root permissions for post-installation
tasks.
InfiniBand Subnet
Management
All InfiniBand Subnet Management based software is supported in
FCA version 2.5.
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FCA Manager must be installed on a dedicated machine, which is not a part of the cluster
nodes, with only a single instance of the FCA Manager in operation per fabric.
NOTE: We recommend that the FCA Manager be installed on the same node as
OpenSM.
There are two options for installing the FCA Manager when using MLNX_OFED
v1.5.3-3.1.0:
 From an RPM (on page 15) - Select this option if you want to install the FCA Manager on
the machine`s local disk and let the RPM package handle all post-install tasks
 From Tarball (on page 15) - Select this option if you wish to install FCA Manager in any
location (user`s home directory, NFS shared folder, etc.) There are number of post-install
tasks that need to be applied as root on every cluster node after you install FCA from a
tarball.
Select one of the installation options according to your site's installation policy.
3.2.1
Installing the FCA Manager from RPM
 To install the FCA Manager on all cluster nodes from an RPM (as root) when using
MLNX_OFED v1.5.3-3.1.0
1. Enter the following command:
# rpm -e fca
# rpm -e openmpi
# rpm -ihv fca-2.5.x86_64.rpm
2. Set the environment variable pointing to the installed location of FCA in the user login
profile.
# export FCA_MGR_HOME=/opt/mellanox/fca
3. (Optional) Configure the FCA Manager to start automatically after boot.
# /etc/init.d/fca_managerd install_service
3.2.2
Installing the FCA Manager from Tarball
 To install the FCA Manager from Tarball in the shared NFS location when using
MLNX_OFED v1.5.3-3.1.0
1. Enter the following commands:
# mkdir -p /usr/local/mellanox
# cd /usr/local/mellanox
# tar zxvf fca-2.5.xxxx.x86_64.tar.gz
2. Run the following post-install scrip on all hosts.
# cd fca-2.5.xxxx.x86_64
#./scripts/udev-update.sh
3. Set the environment variable pointing to the extracted location of FCA in the user login
profile.
# export FCA_MGR_HOME=/usr/local/mellanox/fca-2.5.xxxx.x86_64
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Starting the FCA Manager
 To start the FCA Manager
 Enter the following command
# $FCA_MGR_HOME/scripts/fca_managerd start
 For RPM setup only enter:
/etc/init.d/fca_managerd start
 To configure FCA manager to start automatically after boot, run:
/etc/init.d/fca_manager install_service
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Installing FCA MPI Support Libraries
You can install the FCA MPI support libraries from either an RPM or from Tarball, on all
cluster nodes, or, to the shared NFS location using Tarball.
For further information, see Installing the FCA Manager from RPM (on page 15) and
Installing the FCA Manager from Tarball (on page 15).
4.1
Building OpenMPI 1.6.x with FCA Support
NOTE: If you use OpenMPI 1.6.x or later, no patch is required. OpenMPI 1.6.x supports
FCA natively.
 To build OpenMPI 1.6.x with FCA support
1. Download OpenMPI 1.6.x from the OpenMPI site.
Enter the following commands:
$ mkdir -p $HOME/openmpi
$ cd $HOME/openmpi
$ wget
http://www.open-mpi.org/software/ompi/v1.6.x/downloads/openmpi-1.6.3.tar.
gz
$ tar zxvf openmpi-1.6.3.tar.gz
$ cd openmpi-1.6.3
2. Install OpenMPI 1.6.x with FCA support.
./autogen.sh && ./configure –with-fca
4.2
Verifying the FCA Installation
 To verify that OpenMPI is working with the FCA installation
 Enter the following command:
$ $MPI_HOME/bin/ompi_info --param coll fca|grep fca_enable
The list of FCA parameters should be displayed as a command output.
4.3
Running MPI Jobs with FCA
Make sure that the FCA manager tarball is unpacked and available from all cluster nodes. Its
opened location is referenced below as $FCA_HOME.
1. Use the following script examples with the information provided on how to run MPI jobs
with FCA for different MPI vendors:

For OpenMPI MPI: $FCA_HOME/scripts/run-ompi-fca.sh

For Platforms MPI: $FCA_HOME/scripts/run-pmpi-fca.sh

For MVAPICH2: $FCA_HOME/scripts/run-mvapich2-fca.sh
2. Check the $FCA_HOME/etc/fca_mpi_spec.ini file for various FCA tuning options.
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5.1
FCA Manager Configuration Parameters
The fca_manager_spec.ini file is a configuration file containing FCA-related
parameters which you can change or overwrite using the command line during runtime.
The FCA Manager process reads its configuration on startup from the
$FCA_MGR_HOME/etc/fca_manager_spec.ini file.
Depending on the method used to install FCA, the Mellanox-provided parameter file,
fca_manager_spec.ini, will be located in the path described in the following table:
Table 3: Paths for FCA Manager INI File
Installation Method
Path to fca_manager_spec.ini
From RPM
/opt/mellanox/fca/etc/
From Tarball
$FCA_HOME/etc/
The FCA Manager configuration file is in INI format and contains two sections: "fmm" and
"ib".
To set parameter values in the fca_manager_spec.ini file, edit the file as necessary using the
following format:
variable = value
Example:
[fmm]
debug_level = 5
log_file = fmm.log
Table 4: FCA Manager INI File Parameters
Parameter
Description
Values
The following parameters may be changed in the INI file under the [fmm] section:
debug_level
Verbosity level of fca_manager for
debugging.
integer between 0-7
The default is 3.
The debug levels are:
 0 (fatal)
 1 (error)
 2 (warn)
 3 (info)
 4 (debug)
 5-7 (detailed debug info)
log_file
FCA Manager log filename. The
logfile name can contain printf like
tokens, which are substituted during
log file creation:
 %H - hostname where FCA
Manager is running
 %D - current date in format
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DDMMYYYY
 %T - current thread ID.
log_file_max_size
This is a critical size in MB of the
log_ file to which the file will be
rolled. If set to zero - rolling is
disabled and file size is unlimited.
any positive valid number
log_file_max_backu
p_files
Denotes the number of backup files to
be created. Effective only when
log_file_max_size parameter has
value greater than zero.
integer
enable_stdout
Determines whether the log should
also be written to the standard output.
character
The default is 10.
The default is 20.
The default is enable.
Valid values:
 y or 1 = enable
 n or 0 = disable
The following parameters may be changed in the INI file under section [ib]:
dev_name
If set, the specified IB device will be
used for communication.
string representing active IB
device name
The name as appears in
/sys/class/infiniband/ directory.
The default is set.
If not set, the first device with
ACTIVE port is used.
port_num
If set, the selected port number is used
on the matching device.
If not set or zero, the first active port
is used.
service_level
Quality of Service (QoS) is offered in
IB as a means to offer some
guarantees/minimum requirements for
certain applications on the fabric.
SL2VL mapping should be configured
in OpenSM.
positive integer
The default is unset (use
auto-discover).
integer
The default is 0.
Valid values: 0-15
Note that OpenSM works by default
with QoS values of 0-7.
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FCA MPI Runtime Library Configuration
Parameters
6.1
Specifying FCA Parameters as "mpirun" Command Line
Arguments
The FCA runtime library is used by MPI to offload collective operations into IB switches.
You can supply configuration parameters to the FCA runtime library. The configuration
parameters may be passed to the FCA library by either loading the parameters from a
configuration INI file, or entering the parameters in a command line to the MPI job, or
setting them from the shell environment.
 The default configuration file for the FCA MPI runtime parameter is located at
$FCA_HOME/etc/fca_mpi_spec.ini.
 The FCA parameters can be entered as command line parameters as part of the mpirun
command.
 To pass FCA parameter from shell environment:
 Enter the following command;
export fca_<ini_section_name>_<ini_section_param_name>=value
Example:
export fca_mpi_debug_level=5
or provide the parameter to OpenMPI as command line argument:
mpirun -x fca_mpi_debug_level=5 <... other mpirun parameters ...>
6.2
Specifying FCA Parameters in the INI File
At runtime, use mpirun's '-x' command switch to overwrite FCA parameters set in the
fca_mpi_spec.ini file.
Set the FCA parameters in an MPI job at runtime with the following syntax:
$MPI_HOME/bin/mpirun -np 32 -machinefile hostfile -mca
coll_oma_fca_library_path $FCA_HOME/lib/libfca.so -mca btl sm,self,openib -x
<param>=value <other mpi options> mpi_hello_world
where:
 $MPI_HOME represents the path to the MPI installation directory.
 $FCA_HOME represents the path to the FCA software directory.
NOTE: The -x command switch is used as follows: -x <param>=<value>
Example: -x fca_mpi_collect_stats=y
Table 5: FCA Parameters in Open MPI at Run Time
INI File Parameter
Description
Values
The following parameters may be changed in the INI file under section [mpi].
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Description
Values
fca_mpi_debug_level
Verbosity level for MPI FCA debugging.
integer between 0-7
The debug levels are:
The default is 2.
 0 (fatal)
 1 (error)
 2 (warn)
 3 (info)
 4 (debug)
 5-7 (detailed debug info)
fca_mpi_log_file
FCA log filename. The logfile name can
contain printf like tokens, which are
substituted during log file creation:
String representing log
file name or empty for
none.
 %H - hostname of the process
The default is none.
 %u - current time in ms.
 %T - current thread ID
 %s - time in sec.
 %t - time in ticks.
fca_mpi_enable_stdout
Determines whether the FCA log should
also be written to the standard output.
character
The default is y.
Valid values:
<y|n>
fca_mpi_fp_sum_fixedpoi
nt
Use fixed-point math when performing
floating point summation, to keep a
consistent result regardless of the order of
operations.
character
The default is n.
Valid values:
<y|n>
fca_mpi_collect_stat
Collect MPI application performance
statistics.
character
The default is n.
Valid values:
<y|n>
fca_mpi_stats_max_ops
fca_mpi_stats_file_name
Max number of different MPI collective
operations for which to collect statistics
This option is effective when
"collect_stat = y".
positive integer
File name in which to keep collected
statistics (collect_stats must be enabled
for this parameter to take effect).
string
The default is 1000.
The default is:
fca_stats.xml
The following parameters may be changed in the INI file under section [ib].
fca_ib_dev_name
If set, the specified IB device will be used
for communication.
string representing
active IB device name
The name as appears in
/sys/class/infiniband/ directory.
[default] Leave empty or
commented, then
auto-discovery will be
used.
If not set, the first device with an
ACTIVE port is used.
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INI File Parameter
Description
Values
fca_ib_port_num
If set, the selected port number is used on
the matching device.
positive integer
If not set or zero, the first active port is
used.
The default is: unset
(use auto-discover)
Example:
/opt/openmpi/1.6.3/bin/mpirun -np 32 -machinefile hostfile -mca btl
sm,self,openib -x fca_mpi_debug_level=4 mpi_hello_world
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Configuring Rules for Offloading
The FCA system is provided with user-defined rules to select the most suitable offloading
method for MPI communication. The used-defined rules consider the following MPI
Communicator parameters:
 message size range (in bytes)
 communicator size (in ranks)
 offloading method (CD - CoreDirect, UD, MPI native)
 Operation (for Reduce/AllReduce)
 Data type (for Reduce/AllReduce)
7.1
Enabling Dynamic Rules Mechanism
 To enable dynamic rules mechanism:
 Enter the following command in the fca_mpi_spec.ini file section called "rules";
enable = <0|1>
Example:
enable = 1
7.2
Configuring a Specific Rule
User-defined offloading rules are added and enumerated in the fca_mpi_spec.ini file.
Every user-defined rule is represented by a new INI file section, named in the following
format:
[rule-<coll_name>-<SN>]
 coll_name can be one of the following values:

reduce

allreduce

bcast

barrier

allgather

allgatherv
 SN is a rule serial number for given coll_name
The default value for min/max params is -1, "no limit".
Valid offload types are:
 ud - use FCA in UD mode
 cd (default) - use FCA in COREDirect mode
 none - do not use FCA
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Rules are applied by the first match. If none of the rules match, the default is to use FCA
with COREDirect mode.
The following is a list of valid rules parameters for FCA:
Parameter
Description
Default
msg_size_min = <int>
Minimum message size.
-1 - No limit
msg_size_max = <int>
Maximum message size.
-1 - No limit
comm_size_min = <int>
Minimum communicator size.
-1 - No limit
comm_size_max = <int>
Maximum communicator size.
-1 - No limit
offload_type = <string>
FCA offload type.
cd (COREDirect
mode)
data_type = <string>
Data type given as a parameter.
Applicable for
reduce/allreduce
reduce_op = <string>
Reduce operation type requested.
Applicable for
reduce/allreduce
Examples of reduce rules
[rules]
enable
= 1
[rule-reduce-1]
msg_size_min
=
msg_size_max
=
comm_size_min =
comm_size_max =
offload_type
=
data_type
=
reduce_op
=
256
1024
30
35
ud
MPI_CHAR
MPI_LXOR
[rule-reduce-2]
msg_size_min
=
msg_size_max
=
comm_size_min =
comm_size_max =
offload_type
=
1
2024
1
10
none
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OpenMPI MCA Parameters to Control FCA
Offload
The complete list of OpenMPI FCA related parameters can be extracted using the
ompi_info command.
 To extract the complete list of OpenMPI FCA related parameters:
$MPI_HOME/bin/ompi_info --param coll fca

To provide MCA parameters to the OpenMPI mpirun command, use the following
format:
$MPI_HOME/bin/mpirun -mca <param> <value>
Example:
$MPI_HOME/bin/mpirun -mca coll_fca_verbose 1 <... other mpirun args ...>
The following is a list of MCA parameters for FCA:
Parameter
Description
Default
coll_fca_priority = <int>
Priority of the fca coll component
80
coll_fca_verbose = <int>
Verbose level of the fca coll
component
0
coll_fca_enable = <0|1>
Enable/Disable Fabric Collective
Accelerator
1
coll_fca_spec_file = <string>
Path to the FCA configuration file
fca_mpi_spec.ini
$FCA_HOME/etc/fca
_mpi_spec.ini
coll_fca_library_path = <string>
Path to FCA runtime library
$FCA_HOME/lib/libf
ca.so
coll_fca_np = <int>
Minimal allowed job's NP to activate
FCA
64
coll_fca_enable_barrier = <0|1>
Enable/Disable FCA Barrier support
1
coll_fca_enable_bcast = <0|1>
Enable/Disable FCA Bcast support
1
coll_fca_enable_reduce = <0|1>
Enable/Disable FCA Reduce support
1
coll_fca_enable_allreduce =
<0|1>
Enable/Disable FCA Allreduce
support
1
coll_fca_enable_allgather = <0|1>
Enable/Disable FCA Allgather
support
1
coll_fca_enable_allgatherv =
<0|1>
Enable/Disable FCA Allgatherv
support
1
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