I have tried this. But, the printout from 200 parallel processes make it 
very hard to locate the possible bug. 

They may not stop at the same point when the program got signal 9.

So, even though I can figure out the print out statements from all
200 processes, so many different locations where the processes
are stopped make it harder to find out some hints about the bug. 

Are there some other programming tricks, which can help me 
narrow down to the doubt points ASAP.
Any help is appreciated. 


From: rhc@open-mpi.org
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 07:53:40 -0600
To: users@open-mpi.org
Subject: Re: [OMPI users] OMPI error terminate w/o reasons

Try adding some print statements so you can see where the error occurs.

On Mar 25, 2011, at 11:49 PM, Jack Bryan wrote:

Hi , All: 

I running a Open MPI (1.3.4) program by 200 parallel processes. 

But, the program is terminated with 

mpirun noticed that process rank 0 with PID 77967 on node n342 exited on signal 9 (Killed).

After searching, the signal 9 means: 

the process is currently in an unworkable state and should be terminated with extreme prejudice

 If a process does not respond to any other termination signals, sending it a SIGKILL signal will almost always cause it to go away.

 The system will generate SIGKILL for a process itself under some unusual conditions where the program cannot possibly continue to run (even to run a signal handler).
But, the error message does not indicate any possible reasons for the termination. 

There is a FOR loop in the main() program, if the loop number is small (< 200), the program works well, 
but if it becomes lager and larger, the program will got SIGKILL. 

The cluster where I am running the MPI program does not allow running debug tools. 

If I run it on a workstation, it will take a very very long time (for > 200 loops) in order to 
get the error occur again. 

What can I do to find the possible bugs ? 

Any help is really appreciated. 



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