I’ve recently tried running OpenMPI v1.6.4 on multiple nodes and have noticed a change in behavior that I don’t understand. In OpenMPI version 1.4.x, 1.5.x and 1.6.1, I could run a job spanning two nodes as shown below. The procedure results in 8 processes running on the first node and 8 on the second node.
mpirun –hostfile mpimachines –n 1 host.exe : -n 15 node.exe
where the file mpimachines looks like:
In OpenMPI v1.6.2 and v1.6.4 (haven’t tried v1.6.3) when I try to run the same way, all the processes start on node1 and none start on node2. I’ve noticed there are now runtime flags -bynode and –byslot, but I haven’t had any success with those. I’ve also tried changing the mpimachines file to look like:
node1 slots=8 max-slots=8
node2 slots=8 max-slots=8
When I tried this, I got a runtime error saying there were not enough slots in the system to satisfy the 15 slots that were requested by the application node.exe. I think there is a hint in here about my problem, but I haven’t been able to figure out what it is yet.
Can anyone let me know how the process has changed with these newer versions of OpenMPI?