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NAME

       LAM SSI checkpoint / restart - overview of LAM's MPI checkpoint / restart SSI modules

DESCRIPTION

       The  "kind"  for  checkpoint / restart SSI modules is "cr".  Specifically, the string "cr"
       (without the quotes) is the prefix that should be used with the mpirun command  line  with
       the -ssi switch.  For example:

       mpirun -ssi cr blcr C my_mpi_program

       LAM/MPI  can  involuntarily  checkpoint  and restart parallel MPI jobs.  Doing so requires
       that LAM/MPI was compiled with thread support and that back-end checkpointing systems  are
       available  at  run-time.   MPI  jobs  will have to run with at least MPI_THREAD_SERIALIZED
       support.  If a job elects to run with  checkpoint/restart  support  and  an  available  cr
       module   is   found,   the   job's   thread   level  will  automatically  be  promoted  to
       MPI_THREAD_SERIALIZED.  See the User's Guide for more details.

   Checkpoint Phases
       LAM defines three phases for checkpoint / restart support in each MPI process:

       Checkpoint.
           When the checkpoint request arrives, before the actual checkpoint occurs.

       Continue.
           After a checkpoint has successfully completed, in the same process as  the  checkpoint
           was invoked in.

       Restart
           After a checkpoint has successfully completed, in a new / restarted process.

       The  Continue  and  Restart  phases are identical except for the process in which they are
       invoked -- the Continue phase is invoked in the same process as the Checkpoint  phase  was
       invoked.  The Restart phase is only invoked in newly restarted processes.

AVAILABLE MODULES

       LAM currently has two cr modules: blcr and self.  In order for an MPI job to be able to be
       checkpointed and restarted, all of its MPI SSI modules  must  support  checkpoint/restart.
       Currently,  this  means using the crtcp RPI module or the gm RPI module when compiled with
       gm_get() support (see the User's Guide for more details).

   blcr CR Module
       The Berkeley Lab Checkpoint/Restart (BLCR) single-node checkpointer is a  software  system
       from   Lawrence   Berkeley   Labs.    See   the   project   web  page  for  more  details:
       http://www.nersc.gov/research/ftg/checkpoint/.

       The blcr module has one SSI parameter:

       cr_blcr_priority
           blcr's default priority is 50.

   self CR Module
       The self CR module effectively allows application-level checkpointing  by  invoking  user-
       specified  functions  at  the  Checkpoint,  Continue,  and  Restart  phases of LAM/MPI C/R
       support.

       Multiple SSI parameters are available:

       cr_self_user_prefix
           Specify a string prefix  for  the  name  of  the  checkpoint,  continue,  and  restart
           functions   that   should   be   invoked   by   LAM.    That   is,   specifying  "-ssi
           cr_self_user_prefix_foo" means that LAM expects to find three functions  at  run-time:
           foo_checpkoint(),  foo_continue(), and foo_restart().  This is a convenience parameter
           that can be used instead of the three parameters listed below.

       cr_self_user_checkpoint
           Name of the user function to invoke during the Checkpoint phase.

       cr_self_user_continue
           Name of the user function to invoke during the Continue phase.

       cr_self_user_restart
           Name of the user function to invoke during the Restart phase.

       If none of these parameters are specified and the self module is selected, it will  abort.
       Finally, the usual priority SSI parameter is also available:

       cr_self_priority
           self's default priority is 25.

SEE ALSO

       lamssi(7), mpirun(1), LAM User's Guide