09 January 2013

311. Compiling MPE for MPI profiling

I've been wanting to get an overview of how my parallel (nwchem, gamess, dalton, etc.) programs are running, and whether there are any obvious bottlenecks other than the network and slow harddrives that I can sort out.

The Australia high performance computer facility in Canberrra uses http://ipm-hpc.sourceforge.net/, but I'm not having much luck compiling it, and the lack of recent updates makes me somewhat less willing to invest too much effort into it.

So I stumbled across MPE instead: http://www.mcs.anl.gov/research/projects/perfvis/download/index.htm#MPE

The problem is that almost all of the links of that page are broken, including those pointing towards the documentation, so I don't actually know how to use it properly. The presence of mpecc in /opt/mpe/bin suggests that it's used as a stand-in for mpicc when compiling, which I'll test some day.

cd ~/tmp
wget ftp://ftp.mcs.anl.gov/pub/mpi/mpe/mpe2.tar.gz
tar xvf mpe2.tar.gz
cd mpe2-1.3.0/
./configure MPI_CC=mpicc MPI_F77=mpif77 --prefix=/opt/mpe
sudo make install

I found what I looked for in Tau instead: 

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