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From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-11-07 08:39:05

On Nov 5, 2007, at 4:12 PM, Benjamin, Ted G. wrote:

> I have a code that runs with both Portland and Intel compilers
> on X86, AMD64 and Intel EM64T running various flavors of Linux on
> clusters. I am trying to port it to a 2-CPU Itanium2 (ia64) running
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0; it has gcc 3.4.6-8 and the Intel
> Fortran compiler 10.0.026 installed. I have built Open MPI 1.2.4
> using these compilers.
> When I built the Open MPI, I didn’t do anything special. I
> enabled debug, but that was really all. Of course, you can see that
> in the config file that is attached.
> This system is not part of a cluster. The two onboard CPUs (an
> HP zx6000) are the only processors on which the job runs. The code
> must run on MPI because the source calls it. I compiled the target
> software using the Fortran90 compiler (mpif90).
> I’ve been running the code in the foreground so that I could
> keep an eye on its behavior.
> When I try to run the compiled and linked code [mpirun –np #
> {executable file}], it performs as shown below:
> (1) With the source compiled at optimization –O0 and –np 1, the job
> runs very slowly (6 days on the wall clock) to the correct answer on
> the benchmark;
> (2) With the source compiled at optimization –O0 and –np 2, the
> benchmark job fails with a segmentation violation;

Have you tried running your code through a memory-checking debugger,
and/or examining any corefiles that were generated to see if there is
a problem in your code?

I will certainly not guarantee that Open MPI is bug free, but problems
like this are *usually* application-level issues. One place I always
start is running the application in a debugger to see if you can catch
exactly where the Badness happens. This can be most helpful.

> (3) With the source compiled at all other optimization (-O1, -O2, -
> O3) and processor combinations (-np1 and -np 2), it fails in what I
> would call a “quiescent” manner. What I mean by this is that it
> does not produce any error messages. When I submit the job, it
> produces a little standard output and it quits after 2-3 seconds.

That's fun. Can you tell if it runs the app at all, or if it dies
before main() starts? This is probably more of an issue for your
intel support guy than us...

> In an attempt to find the problem, the technical support agent
> at Intel has had me run some simple “Hello” problems.
> The first one is an MPI hello code that is the attached
> hello_mpi.f. This ran as expected, and it echoed one “Hello” for
> each of the two processors.
> The second one is a non-MPI hello that is the attached
> hello.f90. Since it is a non-MPI source, I was told that running it
> on a workstation with a properly configured MPI should only echo one
> “Hello”; the Intel agent told me that two such echoes indicate a
> problem with Open MPI. It echoed twice, so now I have come to you
> for help.

I'm not sure what you mean by that. If you:

     mpirun -np 4 hostname

where "hostname" is non-MPI program (e.g., /bin/hostname), you'll
still see the output 4 times because you told MPI to run 4 copies of
"hostname". In this way, Open MPI is just being used as a job launcher.

So if I'm understanding you right,

    mpirun -np 2 my_non_mpi_f90_hello_app

should still print 2 copies of "hello". If it does, then Open MPI is
doing exactly what it should do.

Specifically: Open MPI's mpirun can be used to launch non-MPI
applications (the same is not necessarily true for other MPI

> The other three attached files are the output requested on the
> “Getting Help” page – (1) the output of /sbin/ifconfig, (2) the
> output of ompt_info –all and (3) the config.log file.
> The installation of the Open MPI itself was as easy as could
> be. I am really ignorant of how it works beyond what I’ve read from
> the FAQs and learned in a little digging, so I hope it’s a simple
> solution.

FWIW, I see that you're using Open MPI v1.2. Our latest version is
v1.2.4; if possible, you might want to try and upgrade (e.g., delete
your prior installation, recompile/reinstall Open MPI, and then
recompile/relink your application against the new Open MPI
installation); it has all of our latest bug fixes, etc.

Jeff Squyres
Cisco Systems