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Subject: [Open MPI Announce] Open MPI v1.5.2 released
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-03-09 11:05:25


The Open MPI Team, representing a consortium of research, academic, and industry partners, is pleased to announce the release of Open MPI version 1.5.2. This release adds more features and some bug fixes over the v1.5.1 release. We recommend that all v1.5.x users upgrade to version 1.5.2 when possible.

*** Note that the "v1.5.x" series is the "feature development" series for Open MPI. We consider it fairly stable, but it has not been as time-tested as the mature v1.4.x series. Production sites may wish to stay with v1.4.x until the v1.5 series transitions to its "mature" counterpart (i.e., the v1.6 series).

Version 1.5.2 can be downloaded from the main Open MPI web site or any of its mirrors (mirrors will be updating shortly).

Here is a list of changes in v1.5.2 as compared to v1.5.1:

1.5.2
-----

- Replaced all custom topology / affinity code with initial support
  for hwloc v1.1.1 (PLPA has been removed -- long live hwloc!). Note
  that hwloc is bundled with Open MPI, but an external hwloc can be
  used, if desired. See README for more details.
- Many CMake updates for Windows builds.
- Updated opal_cr_thread_sleep_wait MCA param default value to make it
  less aggressive.
- Updated debugger support to allow Totalview attaching from jobs
  launched directly via srun (not mpirun). Thanks to Nikolay Piskun
  for the patch.
- Added more FTB/CIFTS support.
- Fixed compile error with the PGI compiler.
- Portability fixes to allow the openib BTL to run on the Solaris
  verbs stack.
- Fixed multi-token command-line issues when using the mpirun
  --debug switch. For example:
      mpirun --debug -np 2 a.out "foo bar"
  Thanks to Gabriele Fatigati for reporting the issue.
- Added ARM support.
- Added the MPI_ROOT environment variable in the Open MPI Linux SRPM
  for customers who use the BPS and LSF batch managers.
- Updated ROMIO from MPICH v1.3.1 (plus one additional patch).
- Fixed some deprecated MPI API function notification messages.
- Added new "bfo" PML that provides failover on OpenFabrics networks.
- Fixed some buffer memcheck issues in MPI_*_init.
- Added Solaris-specific chip detection and performance improvements.
- Fix some compile errors on Solaris.
- Updated the "rmcast" framework with bug fixes, new functionality.
- Updated the Voltaire FCA component with bug fixes, new
  functionality. Support for FCA version 2.1.
- Fix gcc 4.4.x and 4.5.x over-aggressive warning notifications on
  possibly freeing stack variables. Thanks to the Gentoo packagers
  for reporting the issue.
- Make the openib component be verbose when it disqualifies itself due
  to MPI_THREAD_MULTIPLE.
- Minor man page fixes.
- Various checkpoint / restart fixes.
- Fix race condition in the one-sided unlock code. Thanks to
  Guillaume Thouvenin for finding the issue.
- Improve help message aggregation.
- Add OMPI_Affinity_str() optional user-level API function (i.e., the
  "affinity" MPI extension). See README for more details.
- Added btl_tcp_if_seq MCA parameter to select a different ethernet
  interface for each MPI process on a node. This parameter is only
  useful when used with virtual ethernet interfaces on a single
  network card (e.g., when using virtual interfaces give dedicated
  hardware resources on the NIC to each process).
- Changed behavior of mpirun to terminate if it receives 10 (or more)
  SIGPIPEs.
- Fixed oversubscription detection.
- Added new mtl_mx_board and mtl_mx_endpoint MCA parameters.
- Added ummunotify support for OpenFabrics-based transports. See the
  README for more details.

-- 
Jeff Squyres
jsquyres_at_[hidden]
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