About 4 1/2 years back, I was offered at a good price due to my academic status the starter kit for the 3120A processor by Intel which I delegated to my student to install for his research project which unfortunately he did not follow thru, preferring to go on with his experimental measurements. He also misplaced the strater kit instruction card which had links to downloadable software and instructions for installing the system, together with other finer details.. I was retired by Univ Malaya and have no funds for research, so I wish to rehabilitate this processor for my research in heat transfer and thermodynamics that requires a fair deal of MD simulations.
At that time, we used the CENTOS 6.5 Linux O.S. , and had the possibility of using the MPSS software compatible with CENTOS 6.5 and INTEL Composer XE 2013 SP1 that came with the starter kit download site.
Being retired but still having an official position in the Chemistry department, Univ of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, where I am not given any funds or grants, meaning I have to use my own pension to fund my research which involves some high speed computations, I feel that this Phi card is still relevant for my research and I wish to use it by installing it myself with some broad help from you.
Looking into your sites, I noticed that more recent MPSS versions have been issued, and for the 3120A series, there is only reference to the version for CENTOS/REdhat 7.3.
My question is this:
Can I install the most recent versions (CENTOS 7.6), the most recent MPSS and Intel Composer compiler suite and math kernel library compatible with CENTOS 7.6 to install and run the 3120A processor?
If the answer is yes,could you very kindly list out the software that I must download, together with the instruction files, providing the links and permissions and licenses, and some hints to fine tune everything? Please also direct me to the literature I must read.
IF the answer is no, could you kindly list out the most recent discontinued software and linux Centos OS version that I must download which is compatible with the 3120A coprocessor, together with the instruction files, providing the links and permissions and licenses, and some hints to fine tune everything for the use of older software (MPSS with version number, INTEL Composer suite with version number , MKS library with version and so on? Please also direct me to the literature I must read.
I am determined to have a go at using the Phi card. It still seems rather powerful in terms of its capabilities even in 2019 that I wish to exploit.
Please assist me as far as you can.
If you can provide me with an upgraded starter kit software suite compatible with the 3120A processor , that would be very helpful.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Christopher G Jesudason
My host computer has an intel serverboard, W2600CR2, and two 2.6 G Hz 8 core, 16 thread Xeon processors. E5-2650v2 .
A short answer to your question is: yes, this should be possible.
The main question you should ask yourself: is it worth the hassle? getting a Xeon Phi up and running requries some IT skill, not academic skills. Here's a rough recipe for how I'd do it:
# lspci | grep -i " Phi " 8a:00.0 Co-processor: Intel Corporation Xeon Phi coprocessor 5100 series (rev 11)
# systemctl status mpss * mpss.service - Intel(R) MPSS control service Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/mpss.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled) Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-03-19 16:50:27 CET; 1 months 11 days ago Process: 9510 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/mpss start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS) Main PID: 9631 (mpssd) CGroup: /system.slice/mpss.service `-9631 /usr/sbin/mpssd Mar 19 16:49:21 systemd: Starting Intel(R) MPSS control service... Mar 19 16:49:21 mpss: Loading MIC module: [ OK ] Mar 19 16:50:27 mpss: Starting Intel(R) MPSS: [ OK ] Mar 19 16:50:27 mpss: mic0: online (mode: linux image: /usr/share/mpss/boot/bzImage-knig...rner) # micinfo MicInfo Utility Log Created Tue Apr 30 10:16:03 2019 System Info HOST OS : Linux OS Version : 3.10.0-957.10.1.el7.x86_64 Driver Version : 3.8.5-1 MPSS Version : 3.8.5 Host Physical Memory : 64232 MB Device No: 0, Device Name: mic0 Version Flash Version : 2.1.02.0391 SMC Firmware Version : 1.17.6900 SMC Boot Loader Version : 1.8.4326 Coprocessor OS Version : 184.108.40.206+mpss3.8.5
JJK . Thanks. I Will be trying to install it after an absence of 8 months due to circumstances. Thanks for your help.Much appreciated.