Software Module Toolchains
The YCRC uses a framework called EasyBuild to build and install the software you access via the module system.
When we install software, we use pre-defined build environment modules called toolchains. These are modules that include dependencies like compilers and libraries such as GCC, OpenMPI, CUDA, etc. We do this to keep our build process simpler, and to ensure that sets of software modules loaded together function properly. The two groups of toolchains we use on the YCRC clusters are
intel, which hierarchically include some shared sub-toolchains. Toolchains will have versions associated with the version of the compiler and/or when the toolchain was composed. Toolchain names and versions are appended as suffixes in module names. This tells you that a module was built with that toolchain and which other modules are compatible with it. The YCRC maintains a rolling two toolchain version support model. The toolchain versions supported on each cluster are listed in the Module Lifecycle documentation.
Free Open Source Software (
foss toolchains are versioned with a yearletter scheme, e.g.
foss/2018b is the second
foss toolchain composed in 2018. Software modules that were built with a sub-toolchain, e.g.
GCCcore, are still safe to load with their parents as long as their versions match. The major difference between
fosscuda is that
fosscuda includes CUDA and builds applications for GPUs by default. You shoould only use
fosscuda modules on nodes with GPUs. Below is a tree depicting which toolchains inherit each other.
foss: gompi + FFTW, OpenBLAS, ScaLAPACK └── gompi: GCC + OpenMPI └── GCC: GCCcore + zlib, binutils └── GCCcore: GNU Compiler Collection fosscuda: gompic + FFTW, OpenBLAS, ScaLAPACK └── gompic: gcccuda + CUDA-enabled OpenMPI └── gcccuda: GCC + CUDA └── GCC: GCCcore + zlib, binutils └── GCCcore: GNU Compiler Collection
The YCRC licenses Intel Parallel Studio XE (Intel oneAPI Base & HPC Toolkit coming soon). The
iomkl toolchains are versioned with a yearletter scheme, e.g.
intel/2018b is the second
intel toolchain composed in 2018. The major difference between
intel is MPI -
intel uses Intel's MPI implementation and
iomkl uses OpenMPI. Below is a tree depicting which toolchains inherit each other.
iomkl: iompi + Intel Math Kernel Library └── iompi: iccifort + OpenMPI └── iccifort: Intel compilers └── GCCcore: GNU Compiler Collection intel: iimpi + Intel Math Kernel Library └── iimpi: iccifort + Intel MPI └── iccifort: Intel C/C++/Fortran compilers └── GCCcore: GNU Compiler Collection
What Versions Match?
To see what versions of sub-toolchains are compatible with their parents, load a
intel module of interest and run
[netid@node ~]$ module load foss/2018b [netid@node ~]$ module list Currently Loaded Modules: 1) StdEnv (S) 8) OpenMPI/3.1.1-GCC-7.3.0-2.30 2) GCCcore/7.3.0 9) OpenBLAS/0.3.1-GCC-7.3.0-2.30 3) binutils/2.30-GCCcore-7.3.0 10) gompi/2018b 4) GCC/7.3.0-2.30 11) FFTW/3.3.8-gompi-2018b 5) zlib/1.2.11-GCCcore-7.3.0 12) ScaLAPACK/2.0.2-gompi-2018b-OpenBLAS-0.3.1 6) numactl/2.0.11-GCCcore-7.3.0 13) foss/2018b 7) hwloc/1.11.10-GCCcore-7.3.0 Where: S: Module is Sticky, requires --force to unload or purge
GCCcore/7.3.0, so modules with either the
GCCcore-7.3.0should be compatible.