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Subject: Re: [OMPI devel] alps ras patch for SLURM
From: Jerome Soumagne (soumagne_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-07-09 12:27:20

Hi Ken,

That's interesting, setting the OMPI_ALPS_RESID in the modules so that
it executes the is a good idea. In this case another
way would be to add an extra line in this script with the
I have another possible patch then:

--- (revision 23365)
+++ (working copy)
@@ -22,6 +22,13 @@
      exit 0

+ # If the SLURM BASIL_RESERVATION_ID is set, use it.
+ if [ "${BASIL_RESERVATION_ID}" != "" ]
+ then
+ exit 0
+ fi
  # Extract the batch job ID directly from the environment, if available.
    if [ $jid -eq -1 ]

Thanks for your help in the clarification.


On 07/09/2010 05:41 PM, Matney Sr, Kenneth D. wrote:
> Hi Jerome,
> I am in part responsible for the current incarnation of the ALPS support in OMPI. We use the
> modules environment to set OMPI_ALPS_RESID to the ALPS reservation ID, the pertinent
> parts of which are:
> set ridpath ${basedir}/share/openmpi
> set ridname
> set rid ${ridpath}/${ridname}
> # Set local cluster parameters for XT5.
> set resId [exec /bin/bash ${rid}]
> setenv OMPI_ALPS_RESID $resId
> Originally, the Cray XT systems automatically set an environmental variable, BATCH_PARTITION_ID
> to the ALPS reservation ID for the job. However, newer versions do not expose the ALPS reservation
> ID to the user. So, we need a way to get the ALPS reservation ID of the Torque job. Unfortunately,
> Cray has not made the internal structure of ALPS that does this available. So, we are forced to use
> apstat to get this information. But, apstat is not as robust as we might like. Ergo, the script is used to
> loop on apstat until it does not fail. In the end, we obtain the ALPS reservation ID for the current
> Torque job and set it to OMPI_ALPS_RESID. I chose this name so as to avoid namespace conflicts.
> So, the ALPS RAS mca is being selected, because your patch tells the ALPS RAS mca that
> BASIL_RESERVATION_ID is equivalent to OMPI_ALPS_RESID. In turn, while you invoke OMPI with
> mpirun, the OMPI version of mpirun will select the ALPS PLM mca. This will launch your job with an
> aprun (under the covers). So, your job does show a successful run. However, you may not be taking
> the path through mpirun that you intended.
> I do hope that I have cleared up some confusion.
> --
> Ken Matney, Sr.
> Oak Ridge National Laboratory
> On Jul 9, 2010, at 6:19 AM, Jerome Soumagne wrote:
> Hi,
> We've recently installed OpenMPI on one of our Cray XT5 machines, here at CSCS. This machine uses SLURM for launching jobs.
> Doing an salloc defines this environment variable:
> The reservation ID on Cray systems running ALPS/BASIL only.
> Since the alps ras module tries to find a variable called OMPI_ALPS_RESID which is set using a script, we thought that for SLURM systems it would be a good idea to directly integrate this BASIL_RESERVATION_ID variable in the code, rather than using a script. The small patch is attached.
> Regards,
> Jerome
> --
> Jérôme Soumagne
> Scientific Computing Research Group
> CSCS, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
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