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Subject: Re: [boost] [EXTERNAL] boost no longer builds mpi libraries when using intel mpi
From: Alain Miniussi (Alain.Miniussi_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-07-20 08:37:37

On 20/07/2017 10:34, Alain Miniussi via Boost wrote:
> On 20/07/2017 03:53, Belcourt, Kenneth via Boost wrote:
>> On Jul 19, 2017, at 4:00 PM, Edward Diener via Boost
>> <boost_at_[hidden]<mailto:boost_at_[hidden]>> wrote:
>> On 7/19/2017 5:40 PM, Alain Miniussi via Boost wrote:
>> On 19/07/2017 22:57, Edward Diener via Boost wrote:
>> On 7/19/2017 3:04 PM, Alain Miniussi via Boost wrote:
>> On 19/07/2017 16:26, Franck Houssen via Boost wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Just to get your attention to this :
>> It hasn't build with that syntax in years (edit, just saw it's from
>> 2017), Intel's MPI does not support the -show* options family (and
>> don't plan to).
>> There is a specific piece of doc for that in:
>> I have no clue where the "using mpi"... is it called a directive ?..
>> is implemented, and if I did, I don't know how to detect we're using
>> Intel's Implementation with bjam, nor how to pass the retrieved
>> options, nor to what.
>> The 'using mpi' is a Boost Build rule which sets up a Boost Build
>> toolset for use, as explained at
>> Yes, what I don't know is where/how that rule is implemented. Nor how
>> to implement one like mpi.
>> I remember greping mpi in the build system a few year ago, but could
>> not find a way to touch it (it failed with no meaningful message).
>> Look at build/src/tools/mpi.jam. The 'init' rule corresponds to the
>> 'using mpi ... ;' line(s).
>> Hi Alain,
>> I think I’ve sent this before, but here’s the user-config.jam I use
>> to build and run Boost.MPI tests with Intel 17 and Intel MPI 5.1.
>> using mpi
>> : /projects/linux_rh6/SDK/mpi/intel/5.1/bin64/mpicxx
>> ;
>> using intel
>> ;
>> cd libs/mpi/test
>> ../../../b2 -d+2 toolset=intel
Forgot to mention my toolset was intel-linux, so that could be an issue.

>> Does this work for you? Previously you’d mentioned IMPI not working
>> with Boost.Build, can you remind me what that failure involved?
> Sure.
> I try to take the story from the beginning so that all the involved
> people can get what I see as the whole picture. Sorry for the boring,
> well known bits.
> The MPI people thought that the easiest way to compile MPI application
> was through compiler wrapper like mpicc that would call the underlying
> compiler with the right options. Those options include, but are not
> limited to[*], the -I<incl path> -L<lib path> -l<libname> option.
> Sometime (most of the time IMO) this is not good: we want to run the
> compiler directly with right options (after all, we're just want to
> use a library at that point). So the question is how to retrieve them.
> Some/most MPI implementations provides wrappers options to retrieve
> those. OpenMPI based implementation usually provide
> --showme:(compile|link) option, so adding the output of $(mpicc
> --showme:link) to the link flags will do the job for example. Mpich
> based implementation usually provides -compile_info -link_info (which
> work slightly differently).
> Most tools like bjam/cmake/autotool/<other I guess> tries to find the
> compile and link flags through those options. They try -show:compile,
> see if it succeed, and if it does not, try --compile_info.
> Intel is based on mpich, but both --compile_info/--link_info/-show*
> return the same output (a mix of link and compile information). Even
> more annoying, the -show* option, even when it fails, returns a
> success status on many versions[**], meaning the build tool does not
> detect that the option is not supported (FindMPI.cmake does some magic
> to detect the Intel problem on recent versions) and does not know it
> should try something else.
> As a result, with most currently deployed Intel's MPI, you need to
> explicitly set the include and lib path and libraries.
> And of course, some MPI implementations do not have wrappers. Real
> world sucks.
> Alain
> [*]: meaning it's not so obvious that the bjam solution of providing
> includes path, lib search and libs is equivalent. We could be missing
> something, obviously not critical. But that's another story.
> [**]: just saw that the very last one does not, which is a good thing,
> maybe there is hope for humanity and reporting issues to support had
> some effect after all. But the behavior is still problematic, both
> link and compilation queries returns the same options.
>> Noel
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