MPI Support on the Grid


  • Kiril Dichev
  • Sven Stork
  • Rainer Keller
  • Enol Fernández


MPI, grid, metacomputing, workload management system


Grids as infrastructures offer access to computing, storage and other resources in a transparent way. The user does not have to be aware where and how the job is being executed. Grid clusters in particular are an interesting target for running computation-intensive calculations. Running MPI-parallel applications on such clusters is a logical approach that is of interest to both computer scientists and to engineers. This paper gives an overview of the issues connected to running MPI applications on a heterogenous Grid consisting of different clusters located at different sites within the Int.EU.Grid project. The role of a workload management system (WMS) for such a scenario, as well as important modifications that need to be made to a WMS oriented towards sequential batch jobs for better support of MPI applications and tools are discussed. In order to facilitate the adoption of MPI-parallel applications on heterogeneous Grids, the application developer should be made aware of performance problems, as well as MPI-standard issues within its code. Therefore tools for these issues are also supported within Int.EU.Grid. Also, the special case of running MPI applications on different clusters simultaneously as a more Grid-oriented computational approach is described.


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Dichev, K., Stork, S., Keller, R., & Fernández, E. (2012). MPI Support on the Grid. COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS, 27(2), 213–222. Retrieved from

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