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significance/meaning of zero byte MPI messages (APS message profiling data)

psing51
New Contributor I
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Hi,
I recently tried the APS tool to capture the message details (size and amount) for the WRF application on the intel 8280 (opa).
We launch 1 process per core, and here is the data - 
nodes,Message_size(B),Volume(MB),Volume(%),Transfers,Time(sec),Time(%)
1,0,0,0,58099903,3988.14,97.05
2,0,0,0,219491539,7554.45,96.19
4,0,0,0,850730419,15073.44,96.02

It seems that significant amount of time is spent in the transfer of these 0 byte messages and with more number of nodes, the amount of messages increases. Could you please help me in understanding following-

Q: The significance of these 0 bytes messages and How are they related to MPI communication protocol? 

I guess aps collects messages transferred between all processes (inter node + intra node), so 
Q:Is there a way to check (from aps) that how much of these messages were transmitted to the network? (inter node messages - for 2 and 4 node runs)

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PrasanthD_intel
Moderator
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Hi Puneet,

Thanks for reaching out to us. We are working on your issue. we will get back to you soon.

-Prasanth

psing51
New Contributor I
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Thank you for the reply. 
WRF version 3.9.1.1 and the dataset was conus 2.5km.

jimdempseyatthecove
Black Belt
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Messages to a target include a Tag in addition to data (if any). Thus you can pass status (information) via Tag as opposed to in the data blob. If I were to guess, I suspect that this is the cause of 0-byte messages. A guessed-at example might be a SYNC or Watchdog tickle, but the user application can do this as well.

Jim Dempsey

Klaus-Dieter_O_Intel
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Hi Punnet,

Actually APS just shows correct message sizes for senders only. For receiving ranks APS currently shows 0 byte messages. Engineering is working on a fix.

Klaus-Dieter

GouthamK_Intel
Moderator
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Hi Puneet,

We have raised a feature request, and our engineering team is working on it. However, we cannot comment anything about the timeline when that feature gets available.

Could you please let us know if there is anything else that we can help you with?

If no, let us know if we can close this thread from our end.

Have a Good day.


Thanks & Regards

Goutham


GouthamK_Intel
Moderator
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Hi,

As we have not heard back from you, we are considering that we have answered all your queries. So we will no longer respond to this thread. If you require additional assistance from Intel, please start a new thread. Any further interaction in this thread will be considered community only 

Have a Good day!


Thanks & Regards

Goutham


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