Setting the orte_default_hostfile param in
works (with $HOME set, of course), but for some reason setting it in the system conf file,
does not.  Using 'ompi_info --param  ...', it appear that the the system conf file isn't being read at all.

 It would be nice to figure out why the system conf file isn't being read, but I can easily get by with the user conf file.


On 2/5/11 7:06 PM, Ralph Castain wrote:
The easiest solution is to take advantage of the fact that the default hostfile is an MCA parameter - so you can specify it in several ways other than on the cmd line. It can be in your environment, in the default MCA parameter file, or in an MCA param file in your home directory.


for a full description on how to do this.

On Feb 5, 2011, at 3:14 PM, ETHAN DENEAULT wrote:


This isn't the most straightforward solution, but as a workaround, create a bash script and run that script through npRmpi? Something like:


openmpi -np 15 -hostfile /path/to/hostfile $1


Dr. Ethan Deneault
Assistant Professor of Physics
The University of Tampa
401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 732-3718

Barnet Wagman <> wrote:

There have been many postings about openmpi-default-hostfile on the
list, but I haven't found one that answers my question, so I hope you
won't mind one more.

When I use mpirun, openmpi-default-hostfile does not appear to get used.
I've added three lines to the default host file:

   node0 slots=3
   node1 slots=4
   node2 slots=4

'node0' is the local (master) host.

If I explicitly list the hostfile in the mpirun command, everything
works correctly.  E.g.

   mpirun -np 15 -hostfile /full/path/to/openmpi-default-hostfile hello_c

works correctly - hello_c gets run using all three nodes.

However, if I don't specify the hostfile, only the local node, node0, is
used. E.g.

   mpirun -np 15 hello_c

creates all 15 processes on node0.  I was under the impression that all
machines listed in openmpi-default-hostfile should get used by default.
Is that correct?

Unfortunately I can't use the hostfile command line option.  I'm going
to be using a mpi app (npRmpi) that doesn't let me pass params to
mpirun. So I need all my nodes used by default.

Configuration details:

   openmpi 1.4.3, built from source.

   OS: Debian lenny (but the Debian openmpi package is NOT installed).

   Installation dir: /home/omu/openmpi

   The default host file has pathname

   I've set two envirnmental variables to support open mpi:


Are there any other environmental variables that need to be set?

I'd appreciate any suggestions about this.


Barnet Wagman

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