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From: Richard Friedman (rchrd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-10-09 18:50:48

Sorry for the lack of postings recently.

But I have had the opportunity to look at the documentation support for some of the other MPI distributions. In particular, the LAM/MPI documentation seems the most interesting so far.

They provide a User Guide
an Installation Guide

and a number of internal API guides.

The User Guide chapters include
  • Release Notes
  • Getting Started
  • Supported MPI Functionality
  • System Services Interface Overview (is there an Open MPI equivalent?)
  • Command-line Quick Reference
  • Information about internal modules
  • Debugging with TotalView and other debuggers
  • Troubleshooting
  • Misc details
The whole thing, in pdf is about 120 pages.

How close does this outline fit into Open MPI? How much internal details would be useful to users?

They also have some LAM/MPI specific tutorials at

All of this looks like an interesting model to follow.