Marcus Johnson
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Raspberry Pi Supercomputer with MPI

This project shows communication between Raspberry pi nodes in a cluster using the message passing interface library standard.

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Raspberry Pi Supercomputer with MPI

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
I used 3 Pis for my project but as long as you have at least 2, you're fine.
LED (generic)
LED (generic)
Resistor 221 ohm
Resistor 221 ohm


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LED Circuit



Shell script that installs dependency files for mpi4py and mpi4py itself

#Download all necessary dependencies and mpi4py
sudo apt-get install python-dev
sudo apt-get install python-mpi4py

#Create directory for source/demo files for mpi4py
mkdir mpi4py
cd mpi4py

#Download tarball file and extract source/demo files for mpi4py
curl -k -O

#MPI will already be installed at this point. This is only for having the source code, documentation, and demos for your convenience
tar xvfz mpi4py-1.3.1.tar.gz 

MachineFile example

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This is an example of how the machinefile should look for MPI. It should be placed on all nodes.

LED Demo

from mpi4py import MPI
import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

# Set up GPIO
GPIO.setup(17, GPIO.OUT) #master - Green LED
GPIO.setup(18, GPIO.OUT) #Slave 1 - Purple LED
GPIO.setup(23, GPIO.OUT) #Slave 2 - Red LED 

# MPI variables for communication, rank, size, and name of the node
rank = comm.Get_rank()
size = comm.Get_size()
name = MPI.Get_processor_name()

total_requests = 2500 

# This is the master node.
if rank == 0:
    request = 0
    process = 1

    # Send the first batch of processes to the nodes.
    while process < size and request < total_requests:
        comm.send(request, dest=process, tag=1)
        print "Sending request",request,"to process",process
        request += 1
        process += 1

    # Wait for the data to come back
    received_processes = 0
    while received_processes < total_requests:
        process = comm.recv(source=MPI.ANY_SOURCE, tag=1)
        print "Received data from process", process 
        if (process == 1):
	    GPIO.output(18, True)
	    GPIO.output(23, False)
	elif (process == 2):
	    GPIO.output(23, True)
	    GPIO.output(18, False)
        received_processes += 1

        if request < total_requests:
            comm.send(request, dest=process, tag=1)
            print "Sending request",request,"to process", process 
            GPIO.output(17, True)
            request += 1

    # Send the shutdown signal
    for process in range(1,size):
        comm.send(-1, dest=process, tag=1)
    print "End"

# These are the slave nodes, where rank > 0. They receive the request from the master node and simply send a response back 
    while True:
        start = comm.recv(source=0, tag=1)
        if start == -1: break
        comm.send(rank, dest=0, tag=1)

#Clean up GPIO activities after all processing takes place


Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

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Software engineer with professional experience creating, maintaining, integrating, and testing software in Windows and Unix environments.