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Please note that this page is under construction. We are documenting the 240-node cluster maya that will be available after Summer 2014. Currently, the 84-node cluster tara still operates independently, until it becomes part of maya at the end of Summer 2014. Please see the 2013 Resources Pages under the Resources tab for tara information.
How to run C++ programs on tara


Now we'll see how to run a C++ program on the cluster. Before proceeding, make sure you've read the How To Run tutorial first.

Serial Example

Let's try to compile this simple C++ program:
#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char** argv)
    cout << "Hello World!" << endl;
    return 0;

Download: ../code/hello_serial-cpp/hello-serial.cpp
To compile this using GCC (for example) and create the executable hello-serial-gcc, type:
[araim1@tara-fe1 hello_serial-cpp]$ g++ hello-serial.cpp -o hello-serial-gcc
[araim1@tara-fe1 hello_serial-cpp]$
Running this program should produce the hello message:
[araim1@tara-fe1 hello_serial-cpp]$ ./hello-serial-gcc 
H   H EEEEE L     L      OOO   !!  
H   H E     L     L     O   O  !!  
HHHHH EEEE  L     L     O   O  !!  
H   H E     L     L     O   O      
[araim1@tara-fe1 hello_serial-cpp]$

Parallel Example

Now we'll try to run a slightly more complicated MPI C++ program
#include <iostream>
#include <mpi.h>

using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
    MPI::Init(argc, argv);

    int id = MPI::COMM_WORLD.Get_rank();
    int np = MPI::COMM_WORLD.Get_size();
    char processor_name[MPI_MAX_PROCESSOR_NAME];
    int len;

    MPI::Get_processor_name(processor_name, len);

    cout << "Hello world from process " << id
         << " out of " << np
         << ", processor name " << processor_name
         << endl;

    return 0;

Download: ../code/hello_parallel-cpp/hello_parallel.cpp
The program can be compiled with the MPI C++ compiliation command:
[araim1@tara-fe1 hello_parallel-cpp]$ mpicxx hello_parallel.cpp -o hello_parallel
[araim1@tara-fe1 hello_parallel-cpp]$
Running the hello_parallel program is now exactly the same as running a C MPI program. For more information, see How to run C programs.