[petsc-users] Memory Usage in Matrix Assembly.

Pantelis Moschopoulos pmoschopoulos at outlook.com
Tue Mar 14 09:59:34 CDT 2023

Dear Dave,

Yes, I observe this in parallel runs. How I can change the parallel layout of the matrix? In my implementation, I read the mesh file, and the I split the domain where the first rank gets the first N elements, the second rank gets the next N elements etc. Should I use metis to distribute elements? Note that I use continuous finite elements, which means that some values will be cached in a temporary buffer.

Thank you very much,
From: Dave May <dave.mayhem23 at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 4:40 PM
To: Pantelis Moschopoulos <pmoschopoulos at outlook.com>
Cc: petsc-users at mcs.anl.gov <petsc-users at mcs.anl.gov>
Subject: Re: [petsc-users] Memory Usage in Matrix Assembly.

On Tue 14. Mar 2023 at 07:15, Pantelis Moschopoulos <pmoschopoulos at outlook.com<mailto:pmoschopoulos at outlook.com>> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am a new Petsc user that incorporates Petsc for FEM in a Fortran code.
My question concerns the sudden increase of the memory that Petsc needs during the assembly of the jacobian matrix. After this point, memory is freed. It seems to me like Petsc performs memory allocations and the deallocations during assembly.
I have used the following commands with no success:

The structure of the matrix does not change during my simulation, just the values. I am expecting this behavior the first time that I create this matrix because the preallocation instructions that I use are not very accurate but this continues every time I assemble the matrix.
What I am missing here?

I am guessing this observation is seen when you run a parallel job.

MatSetValues() will cache values in a temporary memory buffer if the values are to be sent to a different MPI rank.
Hence if the parallel layout of your matrix doesn’t closely match the layout of the DOFs on each mesh sub-domain, then a huge number of values can potentially be cached. After you call MatAssemblyBegin(), MatAssemblyEnd() this cache will be freed.


Thank you very much,
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