# src/Tips

# Parallel runs with MPI

To compile with MPI parallelism enabled, you need to use something like:

`CC99='mpicc -std=c99' qcc -Wall -O2 -D_MPI=1 example.c -o example -lm`

where *mpicc* calls the MPI compiler on your system. The resulting executable can then be run in parallel using something like

`mpirun -np 8 ./example`

The details may vary according to how the MPI compiler is setup on your system.

## Using Makefiles

The “manual” way above is automated if you use the standard Makefiles provided by Basilisk. You can then compile and run the example above on eight processes using:

`CC='mpicc -D_MPI=8' make example.tst`

This assumes that *mpicc* and *mpirun* are available on your system.

## Running on supercomputers

A simple way to run Basilisk code on a supercomputer is to first generate a portable (ISO C99) source code on a machine where *qcc* is installed i.e.

`%localmachine: qcc -source -D_MPI=1 example.c`

Then copy the portable source code *_example.c* (don’t forget the underscore!) on the supercomputer and compile it:

```
%localmachine: scp _example.c login@supercomputer.org:
%localmachine: ssh login@supercomputer.org
%supercomputer.org: mpicc -Wall -std=c99 -O2 -D_MPI=1 _example.c -o example -lm
```

where the *-std=c99* option sets the version of the language to C99. Note that this option may change depending on the compiler (the options shown above are valid for *gcc* or *icc*, the Intel compiler).

You will then need to use the job submission system of the supercomputer to set the number of processes and run the executable. See also the following examples:

- Parallel scalability
- Atomisation of a pulsed liquid jet
- Forced isotropic turbulence in a triply-periodic box

## Non-cubic domains

For the moment, the only way to combine non-cubic domains and MPI parallelism implies using multigrids rather than tree grids (because masking does not work together with MPI yet). This also means that MPI-parallel, non-cubic and adaptive simulations are not possible yet.

On multigrids, MPI subdomains are setup using Cartesian topologies i.e. the processes are arranged on a line (in 1D), a rectangle (in 2D) or a cuboid (in 3D). The total number of processes n_p thus verifies the relation n_p = n_x n_y n_z where n_x, n_y, n_z are the number of processes along each axis. Controlling the number of processes along each axis allows to change the aspect ratio of the (global) domain.

If n_x, n_y and n_z are not specified by the user, Basilisk sets them automatically based on the value of n_p (as set by the `mpirun -np`

command). To do so, it calls the `MPI_Dims_create()`

MPI function. Some particular cases are:

- n_p is a square number (in 2D) or cubic number (in 3D): In this case n_x = n_y = n_z = n_p^{1/3} i.e. the domain is a cube.
- n_p is a prime number: n_x = n_p, n_y = n_z = 1 i.e. the domain is a long channel.
- n_p is the product of two prime numbers: a 3D decomposition is not possible, an MPI error is returned.

To explicitly control the dimensions along each axis, one can call the `dimensions()`

function. Any dimension which is not set is computed automatically.

All this is also compatible with global periodic boundaries (but not periodic boundaries for individual fields).

### Physical dimensions and spatial resolution

As usual, the physical dimension of the domain is set by calling the `size()`

function. What is set is the size along the x-axis of the entire domain (not of the individual subdomains). This allow one to vary the number of processes while keeping the physical size constant (i.e. do the same simulation on a different number of processes).

The spatial resolution (N) is handled in a similar way, with the added constraint that it must be a multiple of n_x\times 2^n with n an integer.

### Examples

A [0:1]\times[0:1/3]\times[0:1/3] channel, periodic along the x-axis (with slip walls), on 3 MPI processes, with 96 points along the x-axis:

```
#include "grid/multigrid3D.h"
...
int main() {
periodic (right);
init_grid (128);
...
}
```

The same simulation but on 24 processes:

```
#include "grid/multigrid3D.h"
...
int main() {
dimensions (nx = 6);
periodic (right);
init_grid (128);
...
}
```

A cube centered on the origin, of size 1.5, all-periodic, with 512 points along each axis, on 8 = 2^{3} or 64 = 4^{3} or 512 = 8^{3} or 4096 = 16^{3} etc… processes:

```
#include "grid/multigrid3D.h"
...
int main() {
size (1.5);
origin (-0.75, -0.75, -0.75);
foreach_dimension()
periodic (right);
init_grid (512);
...
}
```