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The Interoperable Message Passing Interface (IMPI) Extensions to LAM/MPI

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This paper was presented by Jeff Squyres at the MPI Developer's Conference (MPIDC) 2000, at Cornell University, Ithica, New York, USA.

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Abstract

Interoperable MPI (IMPI) is a protocol specification to allow multiple MPI implementations to cooperate on a single MPI job. Unlike portable MPI implementations, an IMPI-connected parallel job allows the use of vendor-tuned message passing libraries on given target architectures, thus potentially allowing higher levels of performance than previously possible. Additionally, the IMPI protocol uses a low number of connections, which may be suitable for parallel computations across WAN distances. The IMPI specification defines a low-level wireline protocol that MPI implementations use to communicate with each other; each point-to-point and collective function in MPI-1 automatically uses this low-level protocol when communicating with a remote a MPI implementation. When running IMPI jobs, the only change visible to the user is the sequence of steps necessary to run the job; any correct MPI program will run correctly under IMPI. In this paper, we provide an overview of IMPI, describe its incorporation into the LAM implementation of MPI, and show an example of its use.

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