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Topic: Parallelise matlab using MPI (C or C++)
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Yair Altman

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Re: Parallelise matlab using MPI (C or C++)
Posted: Apr 6, 2014 2:01 AM
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"Leo Kay" <> wrote in message <lhmihf$l6o$>...
> Hello,
> I guess this question is more for the initiated, but I don't really know where to look so here goes.
> I'd like to run the simple matlab piece of code below on a supercomputer using C to lanuch mpi and then entering parameters in C which would then be taken as parameter attributes by a matlab piece of code. The parameter attributes entered into matlab would designate which core performs which computation and in that sense should speed up the operation.
> Example C initiates MPI and asks for say 4 workers on a single core. For each worker, see sends the worker parameter to a matlab script and the script thus runs up to a set number n where n = N/4 , so for a FOR LOOP you only solve the loop up to n for the worker.
> Then you need to return results and aggregate.
> Apparently this is doable with system function for C
> Can someone enlighten me of how I should go about implement this please?
> Here is a piece of code for which I would very much like this to work
> if matlabpool('size') == 0 % checking to see if my pool is already open
> matlabpool open 2
> end
> parfor kay = 1:size(eige,1)
> % normalise eigenvector
> eige(kay,:) = eige(kay,:)./norm(eige(kay,:));
> entrop(kay) = -(1/log(QG.numB))*sum((abs(eige(kay,:)).^2).*log(abs(eige(kay,:)).^2)) ;
> end
> where eige is a matrix and entrop a vector.
> Things to note: The node on the supercomputer has 16 cores and 8 workers per core. I am unsure if the code I use to open the matlabpool is valid and whether I should actually open more than 2 (this is just a safe but obviously low choice). Other thing to note is that code above will run as slowly as a for look because the time consuming sum is actually for each index 'kay'. It is possible I might want to have the parfor inside the for loop to compute the sum, but isn't that illegal?
> So can someone help as to use the simple piece of code above into a c script for mpi?
> Thanks in advance

I think you'll find Jeremy Kepner's pMatlab and his "Parallel Matlab for Multicore and Multinode Computers" book (SIAM 2009, ISBN 089871673X) helpful.

Yair Altman

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