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mpicxx -- Open MPI C++ wrapper compiler
- This option comes in several different variants (see below).
None of the variants invokes the underlying compiler; they all provide
information on how the underlying compiler would have been invoked had
--showme not been used. The basic --showme option outputs the command line
that would be executed to compile the program. NOTE: If a non-filename argument
is passed on the command line, the -showme option will not display any additional
flags. For example, both "mpicxx --showme" and "mpicxx --showme my_source.c"
will show all the wrapper-supplied flags. But "mpicxx --showme -v" will only
show the underlying compiler name and "-v".
- Output the compiler
flags that would have been supplied to the C++ compiler.
the linker flags that would have been supplied to the C++ compiler.
- Outputs the underlying C++ compiler command (which may be one or more tokens).
- Outputs a space-delimited (but otherwise undecorated) list
of directories that the wrapper compiler would have provided to the underlying
C++ compiler to indicate where relevant header files are located.
- Outputs a space-delimited (but otherwise undecorated) list of directories
that the wrapper compiler would have provided to the underlying linker
to indicate where relevant libraries are located.
- Outputs a
space-delimited (but otherwise undecorated) list of library names that the
wrapper compiler would have used to link an application. For example: "mpi
open-rte open-pal util".
- Outputs the version number of Open
- Output a brief usage help message.
See the man page for
your underlying C++ compiler for other options that can be passed through
Conceptually, the role of these commands is quite simple:
transparently add relevant compiler and linker flags to the user’s command
line that are necessary to compile / link Open MPI programs, and then invoke
the underlying compiler to actually perform the command.
As such, these
commands are frequently referred to as "wrapper" compilers because they
do not actually compile or link applications themselves; they only add
in command line flags and invoke the back-end compiler.
MPI is comprised of three software layers: OPAL (Open Portable Access Layer),
ORTE (Open Run-Time Environment), and OMPI (Open MPI). There are wrapper
compilers for each layer; each layer’s wrapper only links in the libraries
relevant for that layer. Specifically, each layer provides the following
- opalcc and opalc++
- ortecc and ortec++
- mpicc, mpic++, mpicxx, mpiCC (only on systems with case-senstive file systems),
and mpifort (and its legacy/deprecated names mpif77 and mpif90). Note that
mpic++, mpicxx, and mpiCC all invoke the same underlying C++ compiler with
the same options. All are provided as compatibility with other MPI implementations.
The Fortran wrapper compiler for MPI (mpifort, and its legacy/deprecated
names mpif77 and mpif90) can compile and link MPI applications that use
any/all of the MPI Fortran bindings: mpif.h, the mpi module, and the mpi_f08
module (assuming Open MPI was installed with support for each of these
Fortran bindings). Specifically: it is no longer necessary to use different
wrapper compilers for applications that use mpif.h vs. applications that
use the mpi module -- just use mpifort for all Fortran MPI applications.
Note, however, that the Fortran compiler may require additional command-line
options to enforce a specific Fortran dialect. For example, in some versions
of the IBM XLF compiler, if xlf90 is the underlying Fortran compiler, -qfixed
may be necessary to compile fixed-format Fortran source files.
note that mpifort will be inoperative and will return an error on use if
Fortran support was not built into the MP Ilayer.
mpicxx is a
convenience wrappers for the underlying C++ compiler. Translation of an
Open MPI program requires the linkage of the Open MPI-specific libraries
which may not reside in one of the standard search directories of ld(1).
It also often requires the inclusion of header files what may also not
be found in a standard location.
mpicxx passes its arguments to the underlying
C++ compiler along with the -I, -L and -l options required by Open MPI programs.
The Open MPI Team strongly encourages using the wrapper compilers instead
of attempting to link to the Open MPI libraries manually. This allows the
specific implementation of Open MPI to change without forcing changes to
linker directives in users’ Makefiles. Indeed, the specific set of flags
and libraries used by the wrapper compilers depends on how Open MPI was
configured and built; the values can change between different installations
of the same version of Open MPI.
Indeed, since the wrappers are simply
thin shells on top of an underlying compiler, there are very, very few
compelling reasons not to use mpicxx. When it is not possible to use the
wrappers directly, the -showme:compile and -showme:link options should be
used to determine what flags the wrappers would have used. For example:
shell$ cc -c file1.c ‘mpicc -showme:compile‘
shell$ cc -c file2.c ‘mpicc -showme:compile‘
shell$ cc file1.o file2.o ‘mpicc -showme:link‘ -o my_mpi_program
possible to make the wrapper compilers multi-lib aware. That is, the libraries
and includes specified may differ based on the compiler flags specified
(for example, with the GNU compilers on Linux, a different library path
may be used if -m32 is seen versus -m64 being seen). This is not the default
behavior in a standard build, but can be activated (for example, in a binary
package providing both 32 and 64 bit support). More information can be
The string that the wrapper compilers insert into the command line
before invoking the underlying compiler are stored in a text file created
by Open MPI and installed to $pkgdata/mpicxx-wrapper-data.txt, where $pkgdata
is typically $prefix/share/openmpi, and $prefix is the top installation
directory of Open MPI.
It is rarely necessary to edit this file, but it
can be examined to gain insight into what flags the wrappers are placing
on the command line.
By default, the wrappers use
the compilers that were selected when Open MPI was configured. These compilers
were either found automatically by Open MPI’s "configure" script, or were
selected by the user in the CC, CXX, F77, and/or FC environment variables
before "configure" was invoked. Additionally, other arguments specific
to the compiler may have been selected by configure.
These values can be
selectively overridden by either editing the text files containing this
configuration information (see the FILES section), or by setting selected
environment variables of the form "OMPI_value".
Valid value names are:
- Flags added when invoking the preprocessor (C or C++)
- Flags added when invoking the linker (C, C++, or Fortran)
added when invoking the linker (C, C++, or Fortran)
- C compiler
- C compiler flags
- C++ compiler
- C++ compiler flags
- Fortran compiler flags
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