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From: Tim Prins (tprins_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-10-13 00:05:32

Quoting Toon Knapen <toon.knapen_at_[hidden]>:

> Tim Prins wrote:
> > I am in the process of developing MorphMPI and have designed my
> > implementation a bit different than what you propose (my apologies
> if I
> > misunderstood what you have said). I am creating one main library,
> which
> > users will compile and run against, and which should not need to
> be
> > recompiled. This library will then open a plugin depending on what
> > the user would like to use. Then, it will dynamically open the
> actual
> > MPI implementation. In other words, to add support for another MPI
> one
> > would just need to drop the appropriate plugin into the right
> directory.
> Thus IIUC, the app calls your lib and your lib on its turn calls a
> plugin?
Not quite. The plugin will merely consist of a data table, which will
tell me all I need to know about the MPI and how to call its functions.
Thus the app will call a function in MorphMPI which will in turn call a
function in the actual MPI.

> This involves two dereferences. My idea was to (be able to)
> recompile the MorphMPI for each of the MPI lib's and plug this one
> between the app and the MPI. AFACIT this approach has the same set
> of
> features but is more lightweight.
However, if you have to recompile MorphMPI for each mpi, you loose a lot
of the benefits of having an ABI, i.e. being able to easily run with
multiple implementations without recompiling. In this project I am
really going for easy extensibility and ease of use for the user.

> Is your project open-source? If so, can I check it out?
It will be open-source, but right now this project is still in its early
stages so there is nothing to release yet.