NY Blue/L:Compiling and Linking On the Front End, for the Compute Nodes
First, determine whether it makes sense to port your particular application to Blue Gene/L. See Appendix A of Unfolding the IBM eServer Blue Gene Solution (September 2005).
One uses the NY Blue login node (front-end) to compile and link one's program, for running on the compute nodes (back-end).
Since the login node and the compute nodes have different operating systems and processors, one must use a cross-compiler, which one invokes on the login node but which creates an executable that will run on the compute nodes.
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