Can any one help me with this parallel issue

From: Morad Alawneh (
Date: Sun Jan 29 2006 - 18:17:06 CST

Dear everyone,

I have recently compiled namd2.6b1 to have it work in parallel. I have a system of about 92,000 atoms, and when I submit my job using more than 2 processors I get bad performance, which is lower than using 2 processors.
Would anyone help me to figure out what is the problem.


Cluster system:
It is a Dell 1855 Linux cluster consisting of 630 nodes. Each node is equipped with two Intel Xeon EM64T processors (3.6GHz) and 4 GB of memory.  Each node runs its own Linux kernel (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3). All nodes are connected with Gigabit Ethernet

Installation instructions:
charm++ installation:

Edit namd/Make.charm
(set CHARMBASE to the full path to charm-5.9)

Edit the file charm/src/arch/mpi-linux-amd64/ to have the right
path to mpicc and mpiCC (replace mpiCC by mpicxx), use mpich/gnu.

./build charm++ mpi-linux-amd64 gcc --libdir=/opt/mpich/gnu/lib
--incdir=/opt/mpich/gnu/include --no-build-shared -O -verbose -DCMK_OPTIMIZE=1

namd Installation:

Edit various configuration files:
namd/arch/Linux-amd64-MPI.arch (fix CHARMARCH to be mpi-linux-amd64-gcc)
namd/arch/Linux-amd64.fftw  (fix path to files, and delete all
                             -I$(HOME)/fftw/include -L$(HOME)/fftw/lib)
namd/arch/Linux-amd64.tcl   (fix path to files, and delete all
                             -I$(HOME)/tcl/include -L$(HOME)/tcl/lib)

Set up build directory and compile:
  ./config tcl fftw Linux-amd64-MPI
  cd Linux-amd64-MPI

Job submission script:

#PBS -l nodes=1:ppn=2,walltime=336:00:00
#PBS -N Huge_gA
#PBS -m abe

# The maximum memory allocation
let Memory=256*1024*1024
export P4_GLOBMEMSIZE=$Memory

#cd into the directory where I typed qsub

ARGS="+strategy USE_GRID"

# NP should always be: nodes*ppn from #PBS -l above
let NP=1*2

# Full path to mpirun

# Execute the job using mpirun

exit 0

Morad Alawneh

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Provo, UT 84602

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