I'm not an expert on cluster management, but I'll try to answer your
On 6/3/19 5:48 PM, Jimmy Mulder wrote:
*So, the questions:*
1. Does NEST prefer CPU or GPU? Is it RAM intensive? I couldn't find
this on your website, or anywhere really. Are there ballpark numbers for
the memory required for 10^9 connections?
This depends on the type of connection you are using, but you can assume
each connection will consume somewhere between 8 and 32 bytes.
2. Am I abusing the "local_num_threads"
mechanic by applying it to a
cluster like this? Why is 1 thread sometimes faster than 10 threads?
first part: no, this is the intended use for a shared memory
architecture. second part: context switches can kill performance if you
are many more threads than you have cores available
3. Would switching to MPI help?
I don't think so, but you should try!
4. If so: the documentation says I need to run
$NEST_SOURCE_DIR/configure --with-mpi, but there is no "configure"
folder or command to be found anywhere, and this line fails. What and
where is this "configure"?
you are most likely using a recent NEST version for which you use cmake
to configure before building. just pass -Dwith-mpi=ON when calling
cmake, and check that in the build summary it reports that MPI is
Hope this helps,