[Trilinos-Users] Problem with Epetra FECrsMatrix during the assembly phase

MLX82 mlx82 at fastwebnet.it
Fri Jul 25 09:48:19 MDT 2008


I am Cristiano Malossi from MOX, (Department of Mathematics,
Politecnico di Milano, Italy). I am having some problems during the
assembly phase in a FEM code.

If I run the code on a single CPU it takes about 50 seconds to
assemble a 500k DOF matrix, which is a reasonable time. The same case,
takes about 2200 seconds to create the matrix if I use two or more
CPUs: that is strange, as I use always only one core to assemble the
matrix, (which in this case has a map with rows distributed on two or 
processes), and so I think I should have an assembly time of about the
same magnitude. Note that, to assemble the matrix I loop on the
elements, inserting many small blocks (4x4 or 16x16) with the
instruction InsertGlobalValues(...).

I have tried to solve the problem using graphs, but unfortunately it
seems that nothing is changed in the assembly phase (now I am using
SumIntoGlobalValueS()), while (fortunately) I have had some sensible
increase on the performances generating the ILU preconditioner and
solving the linear system.

Now I am trying to find if the problem is related to the
redistribution among the processes of the rows of the matrix: to do
this I'm using the same comunicator, with a different "serial map"
(with all rows on process 0) to generate a "serial matrix". After the
assembly of this new matrix, I use these commands to create a new
distributed matrix:

Epetra_Export Exp(map_Serial, map_MPI);
MATRIX_MPI.Export(MATRIX_Serial, Exp, Add);

the results is that on some small cases (both serial and MPI) it works
fine, while on others (always MPI) it collapses. In any case, the
assembly time of the serial matrix seems ok (50 seconds) and the time
taken by the export process is very low (1 o 2 seconds).

Can anyone give me an advice to speed up my assembly process?

Thanks for any help.

   Cristiano Malossi

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