Unleashing MPI: MorphMPI

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Using MorphMPI

To use MorphMPI, first the prefix of all MPI-symbols in the application should be replaced by MorphMPI. Prefixing all symbols with MorphMPI avoids having multiple definitions for all MPI-symbols at link-time and allows MorphMPI to easily call the equivalent MPI-functions. To replace all MPI-symbols with their equivalent MorphMPI-symbols, either a script can be used that comes with MorphMPI or the header morphornot.h can be included instead of including mpi.h. The morphornot.h header will include mpi.h unless the preprocessor-token MORPH is defined. If MORPH is defined, preprocessor directives will convert all MPI-functions and constants to their MorphMPI equivalent and will include morphmpi.h.

Next, the MorphMPI library must be compiled against an MPI-implementation of your choice. This library will than be able to translate all MorphMPI-function calls and MorphMPI-constants to the corresponding function/constant in the MPI-implementation of your choice.

Finally, the application should be linked to this MorphMPI-library and can then be launched using the launching-mechanism that comes with the MPI-implementation of your choice.


MorphMPI currently covers a large portion of the MPI-1.1 interface and a few functions of the MPI-2.0 interface.

MorphMPI has been tested using a large portion of the regression tests of MPICH2-1.0.5p4 and inside development versions of the finite element applications for (aero-)acoustics ACTRAN [3]. Since ACTRAN contains the MUMPS [4] solver, MUMPS as well as its dependency BLACS were morphed and tested.

MorphMPI is available under the LGPL and is hosted on sourceforge [5]. Actually it is essential to MorphMPI to make the source-code available because this allows users to compile and link morphed applications with any MPI-implementation.

An Extra Feature

In addition to being linked with any other MPI-implementation, MorphMPI need not necessarily be linked to another MPI implementation. In this case, MorphMPI will act as a fake MPI library. Launching an application that is linked against MorphMPI compiled in fake-mode, enables the application to call all MPI functions which will react conforming to the size of MPI_COMM_WORLD being 1.

Because MorphMPI tracks the creation and deletion of groups and communicators, it is also able to report if there were any group- or communicator-leaks when Finalize is being called. For instance, MorphMPI has detected several such leaks in the regression tests of mpich2-1.0.5p4 but (un)fortunately these leaks were already patched before being reported based on the leak-reports of MorphMPI.


This library was implemented at Free Field Technologies [2]. Thanks to Mathieu Gontier for revising the documentation and to Jeff Squyres and Tim Prins for feedback on this article. {mosgoogle right}

  1. beowulf mailing list: http://www.beowulf.org/archive/2005-March/012278.html
  2. FFT: http://www.fft.be
  3. ACTRAN: http://www.fft.be/?id=10
  4. MUMPS: http://graal.ens-lyon.fr/MUMPS/
  5. MorphMPI on sourceforge: http://morphmpi.sourceforge.net

Toon Knapen can be reached at toon.knapen ( a t ) telenet.be and would like to acknowledge Free Field Technologies for their assistance int his project.



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