[slurm-users] OpenMPI and Slurm clarification?

Paul Brunk pbrunk at uga.edu
Thu Apr 27 13:17:59 UTC 2023


I’ve just started watching “the ABCs of OpenMPI” videos (they and slides are available at https://www.open-mpi.org/video/?category=general ).  I’ve not finished part 1 (of 3) yet, and already have seen very-well-explained material specifically about the building of OpenMPI, Slurm, and related libraries.

These are a fantastic resource!

Paul Brunk, system administrator
Advanced Computing Resource Center
Enterprise IT Svcs, the University of Georgia

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Can someone please clarify the "best practices" for building OpenMPI compatible with Slurm?

https://slurm.schedmd.com/mpi_guide.html#open_mpi <https://slurm.schedmd.com/mpi_guide.html#open_mpi> tells me what I _can_ do but I'm unclear as to what I _should_ do.

I've built OpenMPI 4.1.5 with: --with-pmix --with-libevent=internal --with-hwloc=internal --with-slurm. If I run an MPI program on my cluster (slurm 18.08.8) with "srun -N2 foo" it seems to work fine. (slurm.conf has MpiDefault=pmix).

If I "srun --mpi=openmpi -N2 foo" it chokes with:

OPAL_ERROR: Unreachable in file ../../../../../opal/mca/pmix/pmix3/pmix3x_client.c at line 112
This application appears to have been direct launched using "srun",
but OMPI was not build with SLURM's PMI support and therefore cannot
execute. There are several options for building PMI support under
SLURM, depending upon the SLURM version you are using:

version 16.05 or later: you can use SLURM's PMIx support. THis
require that you configure and uild SLURM --with-pmix.

So I guess the question is, what is the "right" way to build OpenMPI with Slurm. Is the fact that my non-Slurm pmix works "correct" or am I just getting lucky that the various software I have just happens to be compatible. If I build OpenMPI am I supposed to use Slurm's pmix/libevent/hwloc or is that optional. If it's optional when/why might I choose to do so. If I need Slurm's versions is there some way to find which pmix/libevent/hwloc my current Slurm install is using? Note: my sysadmins are not going to be helpful as they think Slurm 18 and OpenMPI 4.0.2a is adequate for users' needs :^(.

I like the idea of _not_ tying my OpenMPI to the installed Slurm just in case our support people ever decide to upgrade system software.


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