Downloading the source code¶
We recommend you download the latest stable release (4.0.1) from the Releases page. If you want the latest features and/or bugfixes, you can also clone the repository using
$ git clone https://gitlab.com/STRL/STEMsalabim.git
$ git checkout devel # only if you want the devel code.
The following libraries and tools are needed to successfully compile the code:
- A C++11 compiler (such as gcc/g++). The Intel compiler suite is currently _not_ supported!
- CMake > 3.3
- libConfig >= 1.5
- An MPI implementation (such as OpenMPI)
The following libraries are optional and are needed only to enable additional features:
- libCurl (required for HTTP POST status announcements)
You may find some of the requirements in the repositories of your Linux distribution, at least the compiler, CMake, libCurl and OpenMPI. On Debian or Ubuntu Linux, for example, you can simply run the following command to download and install all the requirements:
$ apt-get install build-essential \
As the main work of the STEM image simulations is carried out by the FFTW3 library, you may reach best performance when you compile the library yourself with all available CPU level optimizations enabled.
Extract the code archive to some folder on your hard drive, e.g.
$ cd /tmp
$ tar xzf stemsalabim-VERSION.tar.gz
Then, create a build directory and run CMake to generate the build configuration:
$ mkdir /tmp/stemsalabim-build
$ cd /tmp/stemsalabim-build
$ cmake ../stemsalabim-VERSION
Please refer to the CMake documentation for instructions how to specify library paths and other environment variables, in case the above commands failed. When your libraries exist at non-standard places in your file system, you can specify the search paths as follows:
$ cmake ../stemsalabim-VERSION \
In the above example, some custom library paths are specified and the program’s run-time search path is modified.
If cmake doesn’t detect the correct compiler automatically, you can specify it with
Having generated the necessary build files with CMake, simply compile the program using
make and move it to the
install location with
$ make -j8 # use 8 cores for compilation
$ make install # move the binaries and libraries to the INSTALL_PREFIX path
You are now ready to execute your first simulation.
Building with Intel MKL, Intel compiler (and Intel MPI)¶
It is possible to use the Intel® Parallel Studio for compilation, which includes the Intel® Math Kernel Library (MKL) that STEMsalabim can use for discrete fourier transforms instead of FFTW3. If the Intel® MPI Library is also available, it can be used as the MPI implementation in STEMsalabim.
We have tested compiling and running STEMsalabim only with Parallel Studio 2017 so far.
STEMsalabim’s CMake files try to find the necessary libraries themselves, when the folling conditions are true:
- Either the environment variable
MKLROOTis set to a valid install location of the MKL, or the CMake variable
MKL_ROOT(pointing at the same location) is specified.
- The CMake variable
GCCDIRpoints to the install directory of a C++11 compatible GCC compiler. This is important, because the
libstdc++from a GCC install is required for the Intel compilers to use modern C++ features.
For example, let’s say the Intel suite is installed in
/opt/intel and we have GCC 6.3 installed in
/opt/gcc-6.3, then CMake could be invoked like this:
$ export PATH=$PATH:/opt/intel/... # mpicxx and icpc should be in the path!
$ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/gcc-6.3/lib64 \
cmake ../source -DMKL_ROOT=/opt/intel -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=icpc -DGCCDIR=/opt/gcc-6.3
Depending on how your environment variables are set, you may be able to skip the
When STEMsalabim is executed, you may again need to specify the library path of the
$ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/gcc-6.3/lib64 mpirun -np ... /path/to/stemsalabim -p ...
Some fiddling with paths and environment variables is probably necessary. It may help to know
basic CMake syntax and have a look at
CMake is unable to find something.