Setting up Miniconda with MPI and OpenMP on a Mac

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Mac clang doesn’t ship with support of OpenMP or MPI and these are vital for many HPC programs. Although researchers may not be running full sized HPC jobs on a Mac OSX machine, many use them to compile, test, and debug these programs. This guide is meant to be a simple tutorial to help set up a Mac OSX machine with most of the packages/compilers you will need to develop HPC programs.

Conda Setup

Download the Miniconda bash script and run to install conda base.


Set up conda env so we can safely play with packages.

conda env create -f omp_mpi.yml

Where the environment file omp_mpi.yml is:

# omp_mpi.yml
name: omp_mpi

  - conda-forge

  # Python Basics
  - pip
  - setuptools
  # C/C++ Compilers and Related Packages
  - clang_osx-64
  - clangxx_osx-64
  - mpich
  - cmake
  - mpi4py
  - blas
  - mkl
  - lapack
  - boost
  - xeus-cling
  - xtensor
  # Common Python Modules
  - scipy
  - matplotlib
  - seaborn
  - pytest-cov
  - networkx
  - sympy
  - h5py

Right now our machine doesn’t have OpenMP! I strongly recommend building that ‘by hand’ so libomp.dylib is build with the conda mpi compiler.

Building libomp.dylib

There are a lot of guides on how to build libomp from source, you can find the one I used here.

mkdir -p ~/dev
cd ~/dev
# check out the code with Subversion
svn co openmp
cd ~/dev/openmp
mkdir build
cd build
# configure build
cmake ~/dev/openmp
# build
make -j 2
# install the library to /usr/local
make install
# optionally we can clean up afterwards
cd ~/dev
rm -rf ~/dev/openmp

Test it out on some sample omp programs to make sure it works!