[Beowulf] MS HPC... Oh dear...

Ashley Pittman ashley at quadrics.com
Mon Jun 12 11:11:36 EDT 2006


On Mon, 2006-06-12 at 10:49 -0400, Joe Landman wrote:
> 
> Ashley Pittman wrote:
> > On Mon, 2006-06-12 at 00:02 -0400, Joe Landman wrote:
> > 
> >> What Microsoft will do is to take away as much of this as they can.  I
> >> haven't seen it yet, but I believe they will offer MPICH as a DLL, so if
> >> PathScale wants to work along side some other device, you can select
> >> this at runtime, and just have it work.  This is a nice idea.
> > 
> > Perhaps I've missed something here, what do windows DLLs provide that a
> > linux .so doesn't?

> More to the point, this dynamic binding allows you to write to the API,
> present a consistent ABI, and handle the hardware details elsewhere in a
> driver which can be linked in by the .so/.dll/.eieio method at runtime.

That's exactly what I thought.  I was thrown by your "This is a nice
idea" comment because using Windows is no different to Linux in this
respect.

Ashley,

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