[mpich-discuss] Questions regarding installation of 32/64bit MPICH2 on 64bit machines (os: win7)

Seokho Son shsongist at gmail.com
Sun Dec 16 14:00:33 CST 2012

Hello, we are trying to establish a parallel programming environment using

[Specification of our environment]
OS: Windows 7 (64bit)
Two workstations: Intel CPU (64bit)
Programming environment: Visual studio 2008 (64bit)

We have two questions regarding mpich2 installation.

We have tried 64bit mpich2 (version 1.4.1p1, 1.3.2, 1.3, 1.2), but all of
them give an error message ("MPICH2 not installed or unable to query the
host") in the wmpiconfig program.
Also, when we click scan hosts in the wmpiconfig program, the items in the
list of hosts are in gray which means error occurred.

However, we could successfully execute a parallel program with 64bit mpich2
(version 1.3.2) on the 64bit machine even though this version still shows
the error message
Q1) So, we hope to know that we may simply ignore the error message.

On the other hands, we experienced that most of 32bit mpich2 versions
(version 1.4.1p1, 1.3, 1.2) work in our environment without any error
Q2) Is it fine to use 32bit mpich2 on a 64bit machine? We hope to know if
there is any disadvantage on this such as performance degradation.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Seokho Son.
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