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Files must be shared between packages as much as possible. Compiler independent parts, such as data files in `+%{_datadir}/%{name}+` and man files MUST be put into a `+-common+` subpackage that is required by all of the binary packages (the serial package and all of the MPI packages).
%files mpich # All mpich linked files
%files common # All files shared between the serial and different MPI versions
%files # All the serial (normal) binaries
Each MPI build of shared libraries SHOULD have a separate -libs subpackage for the libraries (e.g. foo-mpich-libs). As in the case of MPI compilers, library configuration (in `+/etc/ld.so.conf.d+`) MUST NOT be made.
Each MPI build MUST have a separate -devel subpackage (e.g. foo-mpich-devel) that includes the development libraries and `+Requires: %{name}-headers+` if such a package exists. The goal is to be able to install and develop using e.g. 'foo-mpich-devel' without needing to install e.g. openmpi or the serial version of the package.
# Define a macro for calling ../configure instead of ./configure
%global dconfigure %(printf %%s '%configure' | sed 's!\./configure!../configure!g')
conflict mpi
# Build serial version, dummy arguments
MPI_COMPILER=serial MPI_SUFFIX= %dobuild
# Build parallel versions: set compiler variables to MPI wrappers
export CC=mpicc
export CXX=mpicxx
export FC=mpif90
export F77=mpif77
# Build OpenMPI version
# Build mpich version
# Have to do off-root builds to be able to build many versions at once
Automatic setting of the module loading path in python interpreters is done using a `+.pth+` file placed in one of the directories normally searched for modules (`+%{python2_sitearch}+`, `+%{python3_sitearch}+`). Those `+.pth+` files should append the directory specified with $MPI_PYTHON2_SITEARCH or $MPI_PYTHON3_SITEARCH environment variable, depending on the interpreter version, to `+sys.path+`, and do nothing if those variables are unset. Module files MUST NOT set PYTHONPATH directly, since it cannot be set for both Python versions at the same time.
As these directories may be used by software using the MPI stack, the MPI runtime package MUST own all of them.
As the compiler is installed outside `+PATH+`, one needs to load the relevant variables before being able to use the compiler or run MPI programs. This is done using xref:EnvironmentModules.adoc[environment modules].
As some MPI libraries work better on some hardware than others, and some software works best with some MPI library, the selection of the library used must be done in user level, on a session specific basis. Also, people doing high performance computing may want to use more efficient compilers than the default one in Fedora (gcc), so one must be able to have many versions of the MPI compiler each compiled with a different compiler installed at the same time. This must be taken into account when writing spec files.
As include files and manual pages are bound to overlap between different MPI implementations, they MUST also placed outside normal directories. It is possible that some man pages or include files (either those of the MPI compiler itself or of some MPI software installed in the compiler's directory) are architecture specific (e.g. a definition on a 32-bit arch differs from that on a 64-bit arch), the directories that MUST be used are as follows:
A sample spec file
Architecture independent parts (except headers which go into `+-devel+`) MUST be placed in a `+-common+` subpackage that is `+BuildArch: noarch+`.