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Re: ParallelMap in FindMinimum getting slower

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  • Subject: [mg122044] Re: ParallelMap in FindMinimum getting slower
  • From: Oliver Ruebenkoenig <ruebenko at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 05:53:21 -0400 (EDT)
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On Fri, 7 Oct 2011, Rafael Reiter wrote:

> Hi,
>
> find the file attached. You can just hit "Evaluate Notebook".
> I noticed in top that the used memory is also increasing all the time. I 
> guess the distributed data gets bigger and bigger, but what is it?
>
> Rafael


I do not have the time to read you notebook in all detail. Here are some 
random ideas:

- Use $HistoryLength = 0 (also evaluated via ParallelEvaluate)
- Some of the data you pass around are not packed arrays: e.g. try


Bloch[nkx_, nky_] := Developer`ToPackedArray[N[BlochH /. kx -> nkx /. ky 
-> nky]];

- Also the path data contains integer and reals. Perhaps that could be 
avoided.

- After //Chop use //N//Developer`ToPackedArray

- Perhaps replace the Module with Block

Hope this contains the right clue.
Oliver

>
> On 07.10.2011 11:39, Oliver Ruebenkoenig wrote:
>> On Fri, 7 Oct 2011, Rafael Reiter wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> 
>>> I use ParallelMap with Mathematica on Linux to solve 100 eigenvalue
>>> problems on 4 kernels. This operation ist repeated very often by
>>> FindMinimum, and over the course of time the performance drops
>>> significantly. Using top, you can see that the CPU used by the master
>>> kernel increases, and the CPU used by the slave kernels decreases from
>>> 70 to appr. 20 percent. Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?
>>> 
>>> Best wishes,
>>> Rafael
>>> 
>>> 
>> 
>> Can you send the example?
>> 
>> Oliver
>
>



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