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OpenMPI (Intel version)

The Open MPI Project is an open source Message Passing Interface implementation that is developed and maintained by a consortium of academic, research, and industry partners. Open MPI is therefore able to combine the expertise, technologies, and resources from all across the High Performance Computing community in order to build the best MPI library available. Open MPI offers advantages for system and software vendors, application developers and computer science researchers.

Versions

You can load a specific version using

module load mpi/openmpi/2.0.1/intel-17.0.0
module load mpi/openmpi/2.0.1/intel-15.0.7
module load mpi/openmpi/1.10.4/intel-15.0.7

See here for a brief guide to the new features in OpenMPI 2.x and here for a detailed view of the changes between OpenMPI versions.

C++ bindings If you are using the C++ bindings then you should use OpenMPI 1.10.4 as the bindings have been deprecated in OpenMPI 2.0.1.

Examples

Example programs are available in the /usr/local/packages/mpi/openmpi/XXX/intel-17.0.0/examples/ directory (where XXX is the version of OpenMPI you are using e.g. 2.0.1).

To compile and run these programs: copy that directory to your home directory, start an interactive MPI-aware session on a worker node, activate the version of OpenMPI you wish to use, compile the examples then run them.

In more detail

# Connect to ShARC
ssh [email protected]

# Start an interactive session from which we can run MPI processes using a core on each of four nodes
qrsh -pe mpi 4

# Load an MPI implementation
module load mpi/openmpi/2.0.1/intel-17.0.0

# Copy the examples to your home directory
cp -r $MPI_HOME/examples ~/openmpi_2.0.1_examples

# Compile all programs in the examples directory
cd ~/openmpi_2.0.1_examples
make

# Once compiled, run an example program on all (or a subset) of your MPI nodes using the mpirun utility
mpirun -np 4 hello_c


Hello, world, I am 0 of 4, (Open MPI v2.0.1, package: Open MPI [email protected] Distribution, ident: 2.0.1, repo rev: v2.0.0-257-gee86e07, Sep 02, 2016, 141)
Hello, world, I am 1 of 4, (Open MPI v2.0.1, package: Open MPI [email protected] Distribution, ident: 2.0.1, repo rev: v2.0.0-257-gee86e07, Sep 02, 2016, 141)
Hello, world, I am 2 of 4, (Open MPI v2.0.1, package: Open MPI [email protected] Distribution, ident: 2.0.1, repo rev: v2.0.0-257-gee86e07, Sep 02, 2016, 141)
Hello, world, I am 3 of 4, (Open MPI v2.0.1, package: Open MPI [email protected] Distribution, ident: 2.0.1, repo rev: v2.0.0-257-gee86e07, Sep 02, 2016, 141)

Installation notes

These are primarily for administrators of the system.

Version 2.0.1, Intel 17.0.0 compiler

  1. Ensure Intel compilers 17.0.0 are installed and licensed.
  2. Download, compile and install OpenMPI 2.0.1 using this script.
  3. Install this modulefile as /usr/local/modulefiles/mpi/openmpi/2.0.1/intel-17.0.0
  4. Test by running some Examples.

Version 2.0.1, Intel 15.0.7 compiler

  1. Ensure Intel compilers 15.0.7 are installed and licensed.
  2. Download, compile and install OpenMPI 2.0.1 using this script.
  3. Install this modulefile as /usr/local/modulefiles/mpi/openmpi/2.0.1/intel-15.0.7
  4. Test by running some Examples.

Version 1.10.4, Intel 15.0.7 compiler

  1. Ensure Intel compilers 15.0.7 are installed and licensed.
  2. Download, compile and install OpenMPI 1.10.4 using this script.
  3. Configure the OpenMPI Modular Component Architecture (MCA) by copying this script to /usr/local/packages/mpi/openmpi/1.10.4/intel-15.0.7/openmpi-mca-params.conf; this configures:
    • the mtl (MCA Matching Transport Layer) to use the psm2 driver (i.e. use the high-bandwidth, low-latency Intel OmniPath fabric);
    • the btl (MCA Byte Transport Layer) to use Omnipath but (not not Ethernet);
    • the oob (MCA out of band messaging) to use the intra-cluster Ethernet fabric (specified using a network address in CIDR format rather than by specifying Ethernet interface name, which can vary between nodes).
  4. Install this modulefile as /usr/local/modulefiles/mpi/openmpi/1.10.4/intel-15.0.7
  5. Test by running some Examples.