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Subject: [OMPI devel] Problem w/ documented SPARC/gcc flags (1.5rc5 and 1.4.3rc1)
From: Paul H. Hargrove (PHHargrove_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-08-25 15:56:50

In both 1.5rc5 and 1.4.3rc1, README says:
- Open MPI does not support the Sparc v8 CPU target, which is the
  default on Sun Solaris. The v8plus (32 bit) or v9 (64 bit)
  targets must be used to build Open MPI on Solaris. This can be
  done by including a flag in CFLAGS, CXXFLAGS, FFLAGS, and FCFLAGS,
  -xarch=v8plus for the Sun compilers, -mv8plus for GCC.

However, the -mv8plus flag DOES NOT work for me.
The following occurs for both 1.5rc5 and 1.4.3rc1:

$ uname -a
SunOS 5.10 s10_69 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10

$ gcc --version
gcc (GCC) 3.3.2
Copyright (C) 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO

$ [path_to]/configure --disable-mpi-f77 --disable-mpi-f90
CFLAGS=-mv8plus CXXFLAGS=-mv8plus
*** Assembler
checking if have Sparc v8+/v9 support... no
configure: WARNING: Sparc v8 target is not supported in this release of
Open MPI.
configure: WARNING: You must specify the target architecture v8plus
configure: WARNING: (cc: -xarch=v8plus, gcc: -mcpu=v9) for CFLAGS, CXXFLAGS,
configure: WARNING: FFLAGS, and FCFLAGS to compile Open MPI in 32 bit
mode on
configure: WARNING: Sparc processors
configure: error: Can not continue.

Following the recommendation from configure:
  $ [path_to]/configure --disable-mpi-f77 --disable-mpi-f90
CFLAGS=-mcpu=v9 CXXFLAGS=-mcpu=v9
DOES work for both of the current RCs.

So, I see a few possibilities:

1) -mv8plus SHOULD work (as -xarch=v8plus appears to w/ Suc C 5.10) but
configure is unconditionally too strict.
2) My gcc is older than other have tested and configure is mistakenly
thinking the ABI is wrong.
3) -mcpu=v9 is the proper incantation and README needs correction.

No matter which of the above is correct, I suspect REAME and configure
need to give the user the same information.


P.S. I can provide temporary machine access if needed to resolve this.
P.P.S. I am /still/ not finished testing all the platforms available to
me ;-)

Paul H. Hargrove                          PHHargrove_at_[hidden]
Future Technologies Group
HPC Research Department                   Tel: +1-510-495-2352
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory     Fax: +1-510-486-6900