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Currently I am working on a task regarding one server with NUMA. The OS running on the server is Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS. The server has 4 nodes of 16 cpus: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X7350 @ 2.93GHz, i.e. each node should have 4 cpus.

I installed NUMA API in the OS. And I looked up with $ numactl --hardware

available: 1 nodes (0)

node 0 cpus: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

node 0 size: 128938 MB

node 0 free: 126845 MB

node distances:

node 0

0: 10

From the result, you can see there is only one node detected with 16 cpus.

I looked up in the Internet and couldn't find the solution. I already tried to look it up in BIOS, from Linux Opteron system appears to be UMA but should be NUMA, but there is no node-interleaving option in my BIOS. so What can I do to solve the problem to enable NUMA in my server?

  • 14.x isn't supported on that server by the way – Chopper3 Sep 18 '14 at 12:49
  • @Chopper3 thanks for your reply! So that's the reason why I cannot see 4 nodes in numactl --hardware? which means I have to install other linux OS on the server, right? But do you know why in the BIOS, there is no option to enable node interleaving? – ZYJ Sep 18 '14 at 13:01
  • Well certainly HP's driver set would help to set that up correctly, and obviously you won't have that installed, that said I'm kind of surprised it's not just information the OS gets from the BIOS - are you up to date with the BIOS? – Chopper3 Sep 18 '14 at 13:16
  • UPDATE - ah damn, just discovered, the DL580 G5 is NOT a NUMA machine!!! surprised me too - it's right on the cusp of that too, the G6 is one - sorry dude but at least we know why right? – Chopper3 Sep 18 '14 at 13:17
  • @Chopper3 Thx, buddy! I also didn't notice that.. – ZYJ Sep 18 '14 at 13:29
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My standard disclaimer about using Ubuntu on bare-metal hardware applies here... It's not blessed or supported by the vendor, and will cause you more pain in the future...

However, the DL580 G5 is an old architecture. There's no NUMA capability. That wasn't available on that platform until the release until the DL580 G7 series.

[root@Coast ~]# dmidecode | grep -i proliant
    Product Name: ProLiant DL580 G7
    Family: ProLiant

# numactl --hardware
available: 4 nodes (0-3)
node 0 size: 16129 MB
node 0 free: 5709 MB
node 1 size: 16160 MB
node 1 free: 9162 MB
node 2 size: 16160 MB
node 2 free: 11273 MB
node 3 size: 16160 MB
node 3 free: 12925 MB
node distances:
node   0   1   2   3
  0:  10  21  21  21
  1:  21  10  21  21
  2:  21  21  10  21
  3:  21  21  21  10
  • Thx for your answer! – ZYJ Sep 18 '14 at 15:01
  • @ZYJ You're welcome. Did this answer your question? – ewwhite Oct 6 '14 at 12:38
  • yeah!thx buddy! – ZYJ Oct 7 '14 at 19:42

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