NAG Parallel Library, Release 3


Sun SPARC Solaris

Installer's Note


1. Introduction

This document is essential reading for whoever is responsible for the installation of the NAG Parallel Library implementation specified in the title. The installer will be supplied with a printed copy of this document. Both this (doc/in.html) and the Users' Note (doc/un.html) are supplied on the distribution medium.

Whenever the NAG Parallel Library has been supplied in compiled form, that form is considered to be the standard library file. The use of all supplied software must be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Software Licence signed by NAG and each site. In particular, users must not have free access to the text of the library routines. Any request to use NAG software on a computer other than the one licensed must be referred to NAG (see Section 6).

2. Implementation Provided

2.1. Applicability

This implementation is a compiled, tested, ready-to-use version of the NAG Parallel Library that is considered suitable for operation on the computer systems detailed below:

hardware:         All SPARC systems
operating system: Solaris 2.6 or compatible
Fortran compiler: Sun Forte Fortran/HPC 6
C compiler:       The Sun Forte C Compiler and run-time libraries must be 
                  installed if source is to be recompiled
MPI:              Sun HPC ClusterTools

If a different implementation of MPI is installed, the BLACS libraries may have to be built from the sources supplied, with suitable options set in the file

For information about implementations of the NAG Parallel Library for use on other computer systems please contact NAG.

2.2. Derivation

This implementation was produced at NAG Ltd., Oxford on the computing system detailed below:

hardware:         Sun Ultra Enterprise 3000
operating system: Solaris 2.6
Fortran compiler: Sun Forte Fortran/HPC 6
compiler options: -dalign
C compiler:       Sun Forte C 6
MPI:              Sun HPC ClusterTools 3.1

The entire NAG NAG Parallel Library, Release 3, was compiled with full optimization (-O5 for Fortran source, -xO5 for C source).

This implementation has been tested using the Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS) provided in the Forte 6 Performance Library.

3. Distribution Medium

3.1. Recording Details

The implementation is distributed in tar format on CD-ROM, unless otherwise indicated on the medium and accompanying despatch note.

For further details, refer to other documentation supplied or contact NAG (see Section 6).

3.2. Contents

The following shows the directory/file organization of the materials as they will be installed.
                      |-- in.html
            |-- doc --|-- un.html
            |-- libnagmpi.a
            |-- include --|-- *.h
fdsol03dm --|
            |              |-- source ---|-- *e.f
            |-- examples --|-- data -----|-- *e.d
            |              |-- results --|-- *e.r
            |              |-- [a-z] ----|-- *
            |              |
            |              |-- PBBLAS ---|-- *
            |              |
            |              |-- PBLAS ----|-- *
            |-- source ----|
            |              |-- BLACS ----|-- *
            |              |
            |              |-- TOOLS ----|-- *
            |              |
            |              |-- support --|-- *
            |              |
            |              |-- support_blas --|-- *
            |-- scripts ---|-- *

3.3. File Sizes

The files require approximately the following disk space:
compiled library:         4.5 Mb
example program material: 0.9 Mb
documentation files:      0.1 Mb
scripts:                  0.1 Mb
library source code:      9.4 Mb
(not needed on disk permanently)

4. Library Installation

4.1. Installation

To install all material (including source), use the Unix tar utility, e.g.

tar xvf /cdrom/fd03.tar
(assuming the CD-ROM has been mounted as /cdrom).

The source code should be needed only for reference by whoever is responsible for the installation of the library. It should not be made available to users. The include files are required only if the source code is to be recompiled.

A link to the object library libnagmpi.a may be placed in a directory, such as /usr/lib, in the default search path of the linker so that linkage is convenient.

The script nagmpiexample is intended to provide users with a simple means of access to the example material. It will require some minor edits to reflect the local installation and should be placed in a directory, such as /usr/local/bin, which is on users' execution search paths.

4.2. Checking Accessibility

The installation may be tested by using the script nagmpiexample (when logged in as a normal user). The script will copy an example program and its data, compile it, link it with the libraries and run it.

For example, give the command

nagmpiexample f04ebfp
to run the F04EBFP example program. Almost all the example programs have 4 processes. nagmpiexample uses the mprun command to run all these processes on the current host (unless otherwise specified in mprun's environment variables). If there are not 4 CPUs, the -W option should be added to the definition of mpicom in nagmpiexample.

4.3. Release to Users

The Users' Note (doc/un.html) should be checked and amended as necessary (particularly Sections 2.2 and 4). It can then be made available to users directly, or be absorbed into local access information.

The following material should also be made accessible to users:

other library documentation (see Section 5)

compiled libraries:

example program material:

Making the supplied example material directly available to users provides them with easily adaptable templates for their own problems.

4.4. Maintenance Level

The maintenance level of the supplied library can be determined either by inspecting the source of routine A00AAZP or by writing a simple program to call A00AAFP, which prints out details of the implementation, including title and product code, precision used, release, maintenance level and the underlying message passing mechanism (MPI in this case).

5. Documentation

Each NAG Parallel Library site is ordinarily provided with a printed copy of the NAG Parallel Library Manual (or Update). If you require additional copies then please contact NAG.

On-line documentation is also provided, in PDF form, with this implementation. Please see the Readme file on the distribution medium for further information.

6. Support from NAG

(a) Contact with NAG

Queries concerning this document or the implementation generally should be directed initially to your local Advisory Service. If you have difficulty in making contact locally, you can contact NAG directly at one of the addresses given in the Appendix.

(b) NAG Response Centres

The NAG Response Centres are available for general enquiries from all users and also for technical queries from sites with an annually licensed product or support service.

The Response Centres are open during office hours, but contact is possible by fax, email and phone (answering machine) at all times.

When contacting a Response Centre please quote your NAG site reference and NAG product code (in this case FDSOL03DM).

(c) NAG Websites

The NAG websites are an information service providing items of interest to users and prospective users of NAG products and services. The information is reviewed and updated regularly and includes implementation availability, descriptions of products, downloadable software, product documentation and technical reports. The NAG websites can be accessed at

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Appendix - Contact Addresses

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