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Using a Custom Message-Passing Interface

While different message-passing interface (MPI) libraries are compatible at the application programming interface (API) level, they are often incompatible at the application binary interface (ABI) level. Therefore,
Intel® MKL
provides a set of prebuilt BLACS libraries that support certain MPI libraries, but this, however, does not enable use of
Intel® MKL
with other MPI libraries. To fill this gap,
Intel® MKL
also includes the MKL MPI wrapper, which provides an MPI-independent ABI to
Intel® MKL
. The adaptor is provided as source code. To use
Intel® MKL
with an MPI library that is not supported by default, you can use the adapter to build custom static or dynamic BLACS libraries and use them similarly to the prebuilt libraries.

Building a Custom BLACS Library

The MKL MPI wrapper is located in the
<mkl directory>
/
interfaces
/
mklmpi
directory.
To build a custom BLACS library, from the above directory run the
make
command.
For example: the command
make libintel64
builds a static custom BLACS library
lib
mkl_blacs_custom_lp64.
a
using the
MPI compiler from the current shell environment
. Look into the
<mkl directory>
/
interfaces
/
mklmpi
/
makefile
for targets and variables that define how to build the custom library. In particular, you can specify the compiler through the
MPICC
variable.
For more control over the building process, refer to the documentation available through the command
make help

Using a Custom BLACS Library

Use
custom BLACS libraries exactly the same way as you use the prebuilt BLACS libraries, but pass the custom library to the linker. For example, instead of passing the
lib
mkl_blacs_intelmpi_lp64.
a
library, pass
lib
mkl_blacs_custom_lp64.
a
.

Product and Performance Information

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