[mpich-discuss] Installing MPICH on clusters

Zhou, Hui zhouh at anl.gov
Fri Sep 17 18:57:58 CDT 2021

Hi Feimi,

Hydra should be able to work with slurm. How are you launching the job and what is the failure message?

Hui Zhou
From: Feimi Yu via discuss <discuss at mpich.org>
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2021 10:55 AM
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Cc: Feimi Yu <yuf2 at rpi.edu>
Subject: [mpich-discuss] Installing MPICH on clusters


I'm working on a supercomputer which only provides Spectrum MPI implementation in modules. Since our code does not perform well with Spectrum MPI I decided to install an MPICH build on our own partition (I'm not an administrator.) The supercomputer has a rhel8 system on ppc64le architecture with Slurm as the process manager. I tried several building options according to the user guide but could not run a job so I have a few questions. Here are things I tried:

1. Build with Hydra PM. I could not launch a job with Hydra at all.

2. Then I decided to use ``--with-pm=none`` option to build and use srun + ``mpiexec -f hostfile`` to launch my job. But what confuses me is the PMI setting:

srun --mpi=list gives following:

srun: mpi/mpichgm
srun: mpi/mpichmx
srun: mpi/none
srun: mpi/mvapich
srun: mpi/openmpi
srun: mpi/pmi2
srun: mpi/lam
srun: mpi/mpich1_p4
srun: mpi/mpich1_shmem

At first I tried use pmix since I found pmix libraries. But it didn't do the trick. It segfaults on PMPI_Init_thread(). The error message is:

[dcs135:2312190] PMIX ERROR: NOT-FOUND in file client/pmix_client.c at line 562

Abort(1090831) on node 0 (rank 0 in comm 0): Fatal error in PMPI_Init_thread: Other MPI error, error stack:
MPIR_pmi_init(92)....: PMIX_Init returned -46
[dcs135:2312190:0:2312190] Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault: address not mapped to object at address (nil))

Then I switched to pmi2 but make keeps telling me undefined reference to PMI2 library. (actually I couldn't find the pmi2 libraries either.)

Then I used ``--with-pmi=slurm``, and it turned out that I couldn't locate the Slurm header files. I guess I don't have the permission to access them.

I was wondering if it is still possible for me to build a usable MPICH as a user? If yes, how can I do to have the PMI work?


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