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Deadlock .. somewhere? (probably serialization) #1189

Finomnis opened this Issue Jul 10, 2014 · 1 comment


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Finomnis commented Jul 10, 2014

I found this problem where calling an hpx server action from a client never actually gets executed and the future never gets triggered.

I tried really hard to reduce it to a minimal problem, and this is as small as i could get it:

The way this program works:

  • it creates 8 worker threads per locality
  • every worker requests work (which is stripped down to a call of bool(void) in this example) and hands in the work after calculating it (void(void) in this example).
  • in the first iteration the worker 'initializes' component.
  • a total of 1000 packets get generated, after that the workers get shut down

i have the following counters set up:

  1. number of packets requested
      1. different points at the initialize-if-clause
  2. number of packets requested.

At the end of every worker iteration I print these counters to hpx::cout.

In my example, I ran 4 nodes (mpi parcelport), that is a total of 32 workers.
That should give me the following output:

... cut away ...

or in a different order, as it is executed in parallel.
But it should have the (1000/32/32/32/1000) in somewhere, and then synchronize and finish the program.

what i get, though, is:

... cut away ...

or in a different order.
which indicates that multiple (in this case 15, varies from 0-20) workers got stuck between counter 3 and 4.
To be precise, at:

worker.cpp(line 101): kernel.set_arg(buf).get();

This only happens on distributed execution. (So far only tried on 4+ nodes, doesn't happen reproducably on two nodes)

I do not know what causes this lock.

@hkaiser hkaiser added this to the 0.9.9 milestone Jul 10, 2014

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Fixing 1189 #1191


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hkaiser Jul 13, 2014


This has been fixed by c3f50f1


hkaiser commented Jul 13, 2014

This has been fixed by c3f50f1

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