[gmx-developers] [RFC] setting up dependency between GMX_OPENMP and TNG_USE_OPENMP

Roland Schulz roland at utk.edu
Tue Feb 11 14:41:21 CET 2014


why does TNG_USE_OPENMP even exist? Why would a user want to set TNG_USE_OPENMP
to something other than GMX_OPENMP? If it is really needed I suggest making
TNG_USE_OPENMP a multi-choice (on, off, auto), where auto is the default
and auto takes the value from GMX_OPENMP.


On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM, Mark Abraham <mark.j.abraham at gmail.com>wrote:

>  Hi,
> Good question. I think it may be unsolvable in the current setup. The TNG
> CMakeLists.cmake declares TNG_USE_OPENMP in its cache in the normal way,
> but since there is only one cache and GROMACS accesses that file with
> add_subdirectory, that makes that variable exist on the GROMACS cache. Now
> getting that variable to track GMX_OPENMP unless set by the user might be
> hard.
> Using gmx_dependent_option seems like it might work, but I have not yet
> put enough time into reading/testing how those functions work. I am not
> sure from reading the descriptions if it can implement "copy this value
> unless at some point these two values differed." Unless Teemu has some
> insight from how he built these, we might have to experiment and then
> document/extend accordingly.
> Alternative: I believe we can give TNG its own cache by using what is
> called an external project. Since I don't think we need a separate cache
> variable in the GROMACS configuration UI for this OpenMP setting, this
> should side-step the above, because the TNG CMake will always see the
> parent project set the OpenMP in the TNG cache. Might have other benefits
> also.
> Mark
> On Feb 10, 2014 2:49 PM, "Szilárd Páll" <pall.szilard at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm trying to fix issue #1432, but I realized that I know very little
>> about the gmxOptionUtilities cmake module, so I thought I'd ask for
>> comments and suggestions.
>> Here's what I need to do (ideally/if possible):
>> - The value of the TNG_USE_OPENMP cache variable should always have
>> the same value as GMX_OPENMP (even if the latter gets changed multiple
>> times) *unless*
>> - The user manually set a value for the TNG_USE_OPENMP variable.
>> I'm guessing I should use the gmx_dependent_option() macro, but I'm
>> not sure how. Tips would be appreciated!
>> Cheers,
>> --
>> Szilárd
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