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MPI-3.1! …not quite yet

MPI 3 logoThe MPI Forum met for our quarterly meeting last week in Portland, Oregon.

The main goal of the meeting was to pass the MPI-3.1 standard into law.  MPI-3.1 contains a bunch of errata from MPI-3.0, and a small number of new things.

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A Farewell to LAM/MPI

LAM/MPI logoWith a little sadness, I note that LAM/MPI was officially retired recently.

LAM/MPI’s hosting provider, Indiana University, made the decision not to renew the lam-mpi.org domain any more.  As of a few weeks ago, LAM/MPI’s web site is no more, and its domain is in the process of expiring.

LAM/MPI was a highly popular implementation of the MPI standard that was initially developed at the Ohio Supercomputing Center, eventually transferred to the University of Notre Dame, and then later finally moved to Indiana University.

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Open MPI: behind the scenes

Open MPI logoWorking on an MPI implementation isn’t always sexy.  There’s a lot of grubby, grubby work that needs to happen on a continual basis to produce a production-quality MPI implementation that can be used for real-world HPC applications.

Sure, we always need to work on optimizing short message latency.

Sure, we need to keep driving MPI’s internal resource utilization down so that apps get more use of hardware.

But there’s also lots of “uninteresting” — yet still critically important — stuff that happens behind the scenes. Read More »

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MPI 3.1: coming soon to an implementation near you

MPI 3 logoThe next MPI Forum meeting will be in Portland, OR, USA, in early March.

One of the major topics on the agenda will be voting on the MPI 3.1 standard.

You might be wondering what’s new in MPI-3.1.

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Tree-based launch in Open MPI (part 2)

In my prior blog entry, I described the basics of Open MPI’s tree-based launching system over ssh (yes, there are still some valid / good reasons for using ssh over a native job scheduler / resource manager’s parallel launch mechanisms…).

That entry got a little long, so I split the rest of the discussion into a separate blog entry.

The prior entry ended after describing that Open MPI uses a binomial tree-based launcher.

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