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Building symPACK

symPACK is a sparse symmetric matrix direct linear solver. It can be built using the following procedure.

First, download symPACK as follows:

git clone  /path/to/sympack

Several environment variables can be optionally set before configuring the build:

  • METIS_DIR = Installation directory for MeTiS

  • PARMETIS_DIR = Installation directory for ParMETIS

  • SCOTCH_DIR = Installation directory for SCOTCH and PT-SCOTCH

Then, create a build directory, enter that directory and type:

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/path/to/install/sympack
 ...OPTIONS... /path/to/sympack

The ...OPTIONS... can be one of the following:

  • -DENABLE_METIS=ON|OFF to make MeTiS ordering available in symPACK (METIS_DIR must be set in the environment)

  • -DENABLE_PARMETIS=ON|OFF to make ParMETIS ordering available in symPACK (PARMETIS_DIR must be set in the environment, METIS_DIR is required as well)

  • -DENABLE_SCOTCH=ON|OFF to make SCOTCH / PT-SCOTCH orderings available in symPACK (SCOTCH_DIR must be set in the environment)

Some platforms have preconfigured toolchain files which can be used by adding the following option to the cmake command:

(To build on NERSC Edison for instance)

A sample toolchain file can be found in /path/to/sympack/toolchains/build_config.cmake and customized for the target platform.

The cmake command will configure the build process, which can now start by typing:

make install

Additionally, a standalone driver for symPACK can be built by typing make examples


On some systems such as OS X, the build may fail and report that the libtoolize command is not found. A workaround is to create a symbolic link to the glibtoolize, assuming that it is available (it can be installed using Homebrew on OS X for instance).

ln -s /usr/local/bin/glibtoolize /usr/local/bin/libtoolize