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A fun thing happened on the way to the OpenFrameworks discussion today…

January 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm PST

A few months ago, Sean Hefty from Intel started an effort to design a new low-level network API to replace libibverbs.

That is, it’s not libibverbs 2.0 — it’s a new API that aims to both expand the scope of what libibverbs did, and also to address many of its much-criticized shortcomings.  Sean and Paul Grun even held a BoF about the proposed “libfabric” at SC’13.

Design discussions have been progressing within the “OpenFrameworks” working group in OpenFabrics. Progress has mainly occurred in the form of emails and weekly conference calls. Two weeks ago, Sean asked me to gather feedback about what an MPI implementation would want from a new underlying network API, and present that feedback to the libfabric group.

So I asked the MPI community.

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Call for Papers: EuroMPI/Asia 2014

January 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm PST

The 21st European MPI Users’ Group Meeting, EuroMPI/AISA 2014, will be held in Kyoto, Japan, 9th -- 12th September, 2014.

Background and topics

EuroMPI is the preeminent meeting for users, developers and researchers to interact and discuss new developments and applications of message-passing parallel computing, in particular in and related to the Message Passing Interface (MPI). The annual meeting has a long, rich tradition, and has been held in European countries. In the 21st EuroMPI, the conference venue is at Kyoto, Japan, outside of Europe.

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MPI_FESTIVUS(3)

December 25, 2013 at 9:05 am PST

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MPI_Festivus -- An MPI function for the rest of us
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Call for Workshops: EuroMPI/Asia 2014

December 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm PST

The 21st European MPI Users’ Group Meeting, EuroMPI/AISA 2014, will be held in Kyoto, Japan, 9th -- 12th September, 2014.

In addition to the main conference’s technical program, EuroMPI/ASIA 2014 is soliciting proposals for one-day or half-day workshops to be held in conjunction with the main conference.  It is intended that those workshops are aim to discuss on ongoing work and latest ideas related to applications with message passing paradigms.

The Call for Papers will be separately announced, and will also shown in the conference page.

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Open MPI: Binding to core by default

December 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm PST

After years of discussion, the upcoming release of Open MPI 1.7.4 will change how processes are laid out (“mapped”) and bound by default.  Here’s the specifics:

  • If the number of processes is <= 2, processes will be mapped by core
  • If the number of processes is > 2, processes will be mapped by socket
  • Processes will be bound to core
  • MPI_COMM_WORLD ranks will be assigned by slot

These are all the default values — they, of course, can be changed by the user via mpirun CLI options, environment variables, etc.

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