I work for Platform Computing, we do have our clustering tool as well
and I play a lot with others (PCM, ROCKS, xCAT, Unicluster ...). I never
ran into any problem switching OpenMPI versions. In my case I use
environment modules and it just works like a charm :-) You can also have
modules dependencies (like app A was compiled with a very specific
version of OpenMPI so when you load the environment for app A you are
basically "forced" to load the corresponding environment module for
Now it may be a little bit more difficult if you are in an heterogeneous
environment (from an OS point of view), like nodes running different
versions of RHEL and SLES.
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From: users-bounces_at_[hidden] [mailto:users-bounces_at_[hidden]] On
Behalf Of Jeff Squyres
Sent: February-01-11 7:35 PM
To: Open MPI Users
Subject: Re: [OMPI users] How closely tied is a specific release of
OpenMPIto the host operating system and other system software?
On Feb 1, 2011, at 5:02 PM, Jeffrey A Cummings wrote:
> I'm getting a lot of push back from the SysAdmin folks claiming that
OpenMPI is closely intertwined with the specific version of the
operating system and/or other system software (i.e., Rocks on the
I wouldn't say that this is true. We test across a wide variety of OS's
and compilers. I'm sure that there are particular
platforms/environments that can trip up some kind of problem (it's
happened before), but in general, Open MPI is pretty portable.
> To state my question another way: Apparently each release of Linux
and/or Rocks comes with some version of OpenMPI bundled in. Is it
dangerous in some way to upgrade to a newer version of OpenMPI?
Not at all. Others have said it, but I'm one of the developers and I'll
reinforce their answers: I regularly have about a dozen different
installations of Open MPI on my cluster at any given time (all in
different stages of development -- all installed to different prefixes).
I switch between them quite easily by changing my PATH and
LD_LIBRARY_PATH (both locally and on remote nodes).
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