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[mininet-discuss] Completion time difference for running MPI experiment on hardware and Mininet topology

evelina dumitrescu evelina.a.dumitrescu at
Wed Apr 13 09:03:52 PDT 2016

More insight for what I trying to do:

I have a set of analytical models of the execution time from some MPI
applications that I try to validate against real measurements on different
network topologies.
However, I don't have real systems for all the topologies that I want to

I tried to use Mininet since it allows the simulation of different types of

When comparing the execution times between Mininet and a real hardware
network topology, I noticed that the execution time of the MPI applications
is several times lower in Mininet.

Is it possible to use Mininet for what I am trying to achieve ?

On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM, evelina dumitrescu <
evelina.a.dumitrescu at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a hardware topology with 2 hosts connected through a switch.
> The link  bandwidth between the switch and the 2 hosts is about 100Mbs;
> the observed latency measured with ping is about 0.26ms and the iperf
> throughput is about 37Mbs;
> I used the same topology in Mininet with 37Mbps bandwith and delay 0.26ms.
> I run some MPI experiments on the hardware testbed and in Mininet and
> measured the execution time.
> The time obtained in Mininet is half the time in the hardware topology.
> My questions are:
> - what exactly represents the delay in Mininet (theoretically, the delay
> is represented as the sum of putting the bits on the wire + flight time)
> - how should I setup the parameters in Mininet to obtain the same results?
> What other parameters should I take into account?
> - is it normal to get such difference in time between the hardware testbed
> and Mininet ?
> Thanks,
> Evelina
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