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Subject: Re: [OMPI devel] [devel-core] OMPI MCA components - track external libs versions
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres) (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-04-14 14:48:40

On Apr 14, 2014, at 10:59 AM, Mike Dubman <miked_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> There is no correlation between built_with and running_with versions of external libraries supported by OMPI.

Ah, I see -- yes, that's the disconnect here.

I think one use case that shows this is the following:

1. Admin Bob builds Open MPI on the cluster head node with dependent library version A.B.C, which is a fully supported configuration. Therefore, the appropriate configure.m4's are happy, and everything builds and installs.

2. But when User Betty goes to run, the on the back-end compute nodes is accidentally version X.Y.Z, which is *not* supported. And Bad Things happen.

3. So you'd like to be able to run ompi_info on the head node and on the compute nodes and compare the output, and see an obvious difference of A.B.C vs. X.Y.Z in the dependent library of a given component, and use that to help figure out what is going wrong.

> The next release of external library does not mean we should remove code in ompi for all previous supported releases for the same library.

This is another use case: OMPI was built against dep library A.B.C (which is a supported config). But then someone does an upgrade of libfoo *without rebuilding OMPI*, and now OMPI run-time links against X.Y.Z, which is no longer a supported configuration.

> Why are you so against it? I don`t see any issue with printing ext lib version number in the MCA description, something that can improve sysadmin/user-experience.

FWIW, we've done this before by putting them in read-only MCA parameters -- we've called them "info" MCA params.

I don't see any in the code base today, but I know we've definitely had version kinds of MCA params before.

Jeff Squyres
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