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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] mpirun example program fail on multiple nodes - unable to launch specified application on client node
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-11-05 15:53:38

The short version of the answer is to check to see that the executable
is in the same location on both nodes (apparently: /home/gordon/
Desktop/openmpi-1.3.3/examples/hello_c.out). Open MPI is complaining
that it can't find that specific executable on the .194 node.

See below for more detail.

On Nov 5, 2009, at 3:19 PM, qing pang wrote:

> 1) I'm trying to run opemMPI with the following setting:
> 1 PC (as master node) and 1 notebook (as client node) connected to an
> ethernet router through ethernet cable. Both running Ubuntu 8.10.
> There's no other connections. - Is this setting OK to run OpenMPI?


> 2) Prerequisites
> SSH has been set up so that the master node can access the client node
> through passwordless ssh. I do notice that it takes 10~15 seconds
> between me entering '>ssh <slave ip address>'command and getting onto
> the client node.
> --- Could this be too slow for openmpi to run properlly?

Nope -- should be ok.

> I do not have programs like network file system, network time
> protocol,
> resource management, scheduler, etc installed.
> --- Does OpenMPI need any prerequites other than passwordless ssh?

Not in this case, no.

> 3) OpenMPI is installed on both nodes - downloaded from,
> and do configure/make all using Default Settings.
> On both nodes,
> PATH is
> /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/
> games,
> which is the default setting in ubuntu.
> LD_LIBRARY_PATH is set in ~/.bashrc - I added one line at the end of
> the
> file, 'export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=usr/local/lib:usr/lib'
> So when I echo them on both nodes, I get:
> >echo $PATH
> >/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/
> games
> >usr/local/lib:usr/lib
> But, if I do
> >ssh <client_ip> 'echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH'
> nothing comes back.
> while
> >ssh <client_ip> 'echo $PATH'
> comes back with the right path.
> Is that a problem?


> 4) Problem:
> I compiled the example Hello_c using
> >mpicc hello_c.c -o hello_c.out
> and run them on both nodes locally, everything works fine.
> But when I tried to run it on 2 nodes (-np 2)
> >mpirun -machinefile machine.linux -np 2 $(pwd)/hello_c.out
> I got the following error:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> gordon_at_gordon-desktop:~/Desktop/openmpi-1.3.3/examples$ mpirun
> --machinefile machine.linux -np 2 $(pwd)/hello_c.out
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> mpirun was unable to launch the specified application as it could
> not access
> or execute an executable:
> Executable: /home/gordon/Desktop/openmpi-1.3.3/examples/hello_c.out
> Node:

You are giving an absolute pathname in the mpirun command line:

mpirun -machinefile machine.linux -np 2 $(pwd)/hello_c.out

Hence, it's looking for exactly /home/gordon/Desktop/openmpi-1.3.3/
examples/hello_c.out on both nodes. If the executable is in a
different directory on the other node, that's where you're probably
running into the problem.

Jeff Squyres