[Mpi-forum] Glossary for MPI-3

Jones, Terry R. trjones at ornl.gov
Fri Aug 12 12:13:10 CDT 2011


Attached is a pdf version of the glossary for MPI-3  -- I would like to encourage folks to review it if possible
before the upcoming September meeting.

>From this point on, please direct all glossary comments and/or suggestions to either the wiki ticket
(https://svn.mpi-forum.org/trac/mpi-forum-web/ticket/78) or by email directly to trj at ornl.gov.
The most current tex and pdf glossary versions will be maintained at ticket #78.


On 7/6/11 2:51 PM, "Terry Jones" <trjones at ornl.gov> wrote:

Hello All,

I believe it would be a helpful to include a glossary with MPI-3, and I'd like to solicit help in constructing a draft for a future reading.

Among the reasons for including a glossary are:
  (a) Promotes precise usage of MPI concepts and specialized terms.
  (b) Convenience - especially for new users.
  (c) Can be used to help ensure consistency in use of functions, operations, etc., if done well.

One often hears imprecise usage for important MPI concepts. For example, since MPI uses the term "process" differently than one might anticipate based on experience with the Unix notion of "process", the distinction becomes important. I was recently in a telecon where the distinction between ranks and processes was highlighted. A glossary can be a convenient and very helpful place to review MPI term usage. My thought is to use exact text from the various chapters, including helpful figures, and place them in an ordered list for the back of the document.

I'm not sure which mailing-list would be appropriate to carry subsequent updates/dialogue for this topic (perhaps mpi3-misc?). A history of this topic can be found in Ticket 78 (https://svn.mpi-forum.org/trac/mpi-forum-web/ticket/78).

To realize an MPI-3 inclusion we need to be making progress now. Please let me know if you would like to participate in preparing text for a future reading by emailing me directly (trj at ornl.gov). My goal is to have something prepared by the Fall/early-Winter timeframe.


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