[Wrf-users] Segmentation faults, DX/DY, and timekeeping errors.

Agnes Mika agnes.mika at bmtargoss.com
Thu Apr 8 00:44:37 MDT 2010

Hallo Elliot,

 I can't help you with your first question on ndown.exe, but see below
 some comments on your other points. Btw, do you have some reason for
 using ndown.exe (off-line nesting) instead of the built-in on-line
 nesting? By using the on-line version you could avoid the extra
 ndown.exe step.

Elliot wrote:
> Another problem I am having in WRFV3.0 is when trying to run the first child nest, after ndown.exe and real.exe have successfully completed.  Immediately upon the start of the first child WRF.exe, I get the following error: 
>   *************************************
>   Parent domain
>   ids,ide,jds,jde            1         151           1         151
>   ims,ime,jms,jme           -4          81          -4          44
>   ips,ipe,jps,jpe            1          75           1          38
>   *************************************
>  DYNAMICS OPTION: Eulerian Mass Coordinate
>    med_initialdata_input: calling input_model_input
>  -------------- FATAL CALLED ---------------
>  FATAL CALLED FROM FILE:  input_wrf.b  LINE:     173
>  DX and DY do not match from the namelist and the input file
>  -------------------------------------------
> [b227.uncc.edu:25854] MPI_ABORT invoked on rank 0 in communicator MPI_COMM_WORLD with errorcode 1

I would gess that the NE and SW grid resolution (DX and DY) are not
the same in your parent domain and in your namelist file. Check them
for consistency.

> Finally, I am running into problems with WRF.exe abruptly aborting in the middle of a run, ending with a segmentation fault.  Again, these segmentation faults occur in the exact same place when I attempt to repeat the same case.  The segmentation fault is given as follows:
> b223:12055] *** Process received signal ***
> [b223:12055] Signal: Segmentation fault (11)
> [b223:12055] Signal code: Address not mapped (1)
> [b223:12055] Failing at address: 0xfffffffe06fcfb00
> forrtl: error (78): process killed (SIGTERM)
> Image              PC                Routine            Line        Source             
> libgcc_s.so.1      00000033180087B0  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> libc.so.6          00000033148E5338  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> libopen-pal.so.0   00002B28CAB0598E  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> libopen-pal.so.0   00002B28CAB044DE  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> libpthread.so.0    000000331540E4C0  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            0000000001454868  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            000000000144F6E8  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            000000000144E6F4  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            000000000144C528  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            00000000011538DD  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            0000000001238307  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            0000000000C53DA2  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            00000000007BEE81  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            000000000049EAD6  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            000000000046718B  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            0000000000467019  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            0000000000466FC2  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> libc.so.6          000000331481D974  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown
> wrf.exe            0000000000466EE9  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown

This is not enough information. You should also post to the mailing
list the section of your rsl.error file before this message.

One guess: check if you see statements like "would go off top" or "cfl
exceeded" (or similar). This would mean that your model becomes
unstable due to a violation of the CFL criterium. In this case you
would need to use a shorter timestep.

But there could be countless other reasons for such a message so
please send us more information.


Dr. A'gnes Mika
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