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From: Josh Hursey (jjhursey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-09-17 15:33:29

Sorry for catching up to this thread a bit late.

In the Open MPI trunk there is a mpirun option to preload a binary
before execution on remote nodes called '--preload-binary' (or '-s').
It has been tested with many of the resource managers (and should be
fairly resource manager agnostic), but I don't believe it has been
tested in the Xgrid environment. It will not use the Xgrid
distribution mechanism, but rsh/ssh transfer mechanisms. Native Xgrid
support can most likely be supported, but I do not know of any
developer planning to do so at the moment.

It has been a while since I tested the '--preload-binary' option to
mpirun so please let us know if you experience any problems. There is
also a '--preload-files=' option to mpirun that will allow arbitrary
files to be distributed to remote machines before a job starts as
well. Both options are useful when working in non-shared file systems.


On Sep 17, 2007, at 3:17 PM, Reuti wrote:

> Am 17.09.2007 um 16:34 schrieb Brian Barrett:
>> On Sep 10, 2007, at 1:35 PM, Lev Givon wrote:
>>> When launching an MPI program with mpirun on an xgrid cluster, is
>>> there a way to cause the program being run to be temporarily
>>> copied to
>>> the compute nodes in the cluster when executed (i.e., similar to
>>> what the
>>> xgrid command line tool does)? Or is it necessary to make the
>>> program
>>> being run available on every compute node (e.g., using NFS data
>>> partions)?
>> This is functionality we never added to our XGrid support. It
>> certainly could be added, but we have an extremely limited supply of
>> developer cycles for the XGrid support at the moment.
> I think this should be implemented for all platforms, if it would
> have to be part of OpenMPI at all (the parallel library Linda is
> offering such a feature). Otherwise the option would be to submit the
> job using XGrid, or any another queuingsystem, where you can setup
> such file tranfers in any prolog script (and epilog to remove the
> programs again) - or copy it to the created $TMPDIR which I would
> suggest if you decide to use e.g. SUN GridEngine, as this will be
> ereased after the job automatically.
> But just for curiosity: how is XGrid handling it, as you refer to
> command-line-tool? If you have a jobscript with three mpirun-commands
> for three different programs, XGrid will transfer all three programs
> to the nodes for this job, or is it limited to be just one mpirun is
> just one XGrid job?
> -- Reuti
>> Brian
>> --
>> Brian W. Barrett
>> Networking Team, CCS-1
>> Los Alamos National Laboratory
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