SIONlib  1.7.2
Scalable I/O library for parallel access to task-local files
Installation, debugging and error messages

Installing SIONlib

In the package root directory, run "./configure [options]". The following options are available:

Option Description
[–prefix=DIR] Installation directory (default: ./install/<platform>)
[–compiler=(gnu|pgi|intel|path|ibm|sun)] Compiler (Linux only)
[–mpi=(mpich|mpich2|lam|openmpi|intel|intel2| MPI-Lib (Linux/Solaris only)
[–force-(basic|32|64|32-64|cross)] Force basic, 32-bit, 64-bit,
32-bit and 64-bit, or cross-compiling
[–disable-(mpi|omp|ompi)] Disable MPI, OpenMP, or hybrid
[–disable-fortran] Disable Fortran support
[–disable-cxx] Disable C++ support
[–enable-python=(2|3)] Enable Python support
[–disable-mic] Disable compilation for MICs
[–disable-parutils] Disable compilation of parutils (used for benchmarking)
[–enable-debug] enable SIONlib debug
[–disable-pthreads] configure SIONlib not to use pthreads for locking

On systems where multiple MPI libraries and compilers might be available, it might be necessary to specify which of the MPI libraries or compilers to use. In this case, configure will tell you which versions it found and how to specify the desired choice: configure currently can only do this on Linux systems.

configure creates a "build configuration" for each unique platform and stores it in a subdirectory "build-###" where ### describes the attributes needed (e.g., operating system, MPI version, compiler) to define the platform. See the output of "configure" for the name of your build configuration.

If your system (IBM Blue Gene, etc.) is used through extra compilation front-end nodes and building executables is done by cross-compilation, you need to build and install a cross-instrumentation version of SIONlib. Under normal circumstances configure should recognize this automatically.

Next, change your current working directory to the build configuration subdirectory

% cd build-###

As all of the following text is referring to files and commands executed inside the build configuration subdirectory. Modify the Makefile Definition File (Makefile.defs) if necessary.

% make

Builds SIONlib.

% make test

performs serial and parallel tests of SIONlib. The parallel tests need an environment where MPI programs can be started. The command (e.g. mpiexec) can be changed in the Makefile Definition File.

% make install

Installs utilities, libraries, include files, documentation and examples in .

The installation of SIONlib builds a number of libraries. In order to simplify the correct choice of paths and libraries the utility sionconfig outputs the correct combination of options for compiling (–cflags) or linking (–libs):

Usage: sionconfig
Print compiler and linker flags SIONlib.
(--com|--ser|--omp|--mpi|--ompi|--gen) select SIONlib API
(--cflags|--libs|--path) select output of sionconfig
[--32|--64] Precision
[--be] [--fe] [--mic] Cross compile
[--gcc] for GCC Compiler
[--c|--f77|--f90|--cxx] Language selection
[-V|--version|-h] Version, Help


LDFLAGS += `../../bin/sionconfig --libs --mpi --be`
CFLAGS += `../../bin/sionconfig --cflags --mpi --be`

Debugging SIONlib I/O

If SIONlib is compiled with DSION_DEBUG the library supports debugging of SIONlib related I/O events. There are four environment variables steering SIONlib debugging:

Error messages of SIONlib

There are different level of error message levels (SION_ERROR_RETURN, SION_ERROR_WARN, SION_ERROR_ABORT and SION_ERROR_UNKNOWN). Depending on the level a warning message will be printed, the corresponding call will be returned with 0 or negative return code, or the program will be aborted. To limit the messages to one rank of a parallel program following environment variable could be set: