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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Handling output of processes
From: Douglas Guptill (douglas.guptill_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-01-26 13:56:27

Hello Ralph:

Please forgive if this has already been covered...

Have you considered prefixing each line of output from each process
with something like "process_number" and a colon?

That is what IBM's poe does. Separating the output is then easy:
  cat file | grep 0: > file.0
  cat file | grep 1: > file.1

In the meantime, I got around the problem by having each process open
its own file (instead of using stdout), and embedding the process
number in the file name.

Hope that helps,

On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 05:20:47AM -0700, Ralph Castain wrote:
> For those of you following this thread:
> I have been impressed by the various methods used to grab the output
> from processes. Since this is clearly something of interest to a broad
> audience, I would like to try and make this easier to do by adding
> some options to mpirun. Coming in 1.3.1 will be --tag-output, which
> will automatically tag each line of output with the rank of the
> process - this was already in the works, but obviously doesn't meet
> the needs expressed here.
> I have done some prelim work on a couple of options based on this
> thread:
> 1. spawn a screen and redirect process output to it, with the ability
> to request separate screens for each specified rank. Obviously,
> specifying all ranks would be the equivalent of replacing "my_app" on
> the mpirun cmd line with "xterm my_app". However, there are cases
> where you only need to see the output from a subset of the ranks, and
> that is the intent of this option.
> 2. redirect output of specified processes to files using the provided
> filename appended with ".rank". You can do this for all ranks, or a
> specified subset of them.
> 3. timestamp output
> Is there anything else people would like to see?
> It is also possible to write a dedicated app such as Jody described,
> but that is outside my purview for now due to priorities. However, I
> can provide technical advice to such an effort, so feel free to ask.
> Ralph
> On Jan 23, 2009, at 12:19 PM, Gijsbert Wiesenekker wrote:
> >jody wrote:
> >>Hi
> >>I have a small cluster consisting of 9 computers (8x2 CPUs, 1x4
> >>CPUs).
> >>I would like to be able to observe the output of the processes
> >>separately during an mpirun.
> >>
> >>What i currently do is to apply the mpirun to a shell script which
> >>opens a xterm for each process,
> >>which then starts the actual application.
> >>
> >>This works, but is a bit complicated, e.g. finding the window you're
> >>interested in among 19 others.
> >>
> >>So i was wondering is there a possibility to capture the processes'
> >>outputs separately, so
> >>i can make an application in which i can switch between the different
> >>processor outputs?
> >>I could imagine that could be done by wrapper applications which
> >>redirect the output over a TCP
> >>socket to a server application.
> >>
> >>But perhaps there is an easier way, or something like this alread
> >>does exist?
> >>
> >>Thank You
> >> Jody
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> >>
> >>
> >>
> >For C I use a printf wrapper function that writes the output to a
> >logfile. I derive the name of the logfile from the mpi_id. It
> >prefixes the lines with a time-stamp, so you also get some basic
> >profile information. I can send you the source code if you like.
> >
> >Regards,
> >Gijsbert
> >
> >
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> >
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