[Mpi-forum] Threading guarantees of MPI_User_function

Jeff Hammond jeff.science at gmail.com
Thu May 25 11:55:54 CDT 2017

This is not necessary stated in the standard or guaranteed by it, it's just
my intuition...

I expect that MPI_User_function is invoked by the thread that invokes the
MPI function that uses it, and that you need a mutex to touch shared state
associated with MPI_User_function when running with MPI_THREAD_MULTIPLE,
but not otherwise.

I would hope that MPI implementations do not serialize calls to
in MPI_THREAD_MULTIPLE mode, because there are many cases where
is trivially reentrant and I would like simultaneous progress if I call
MPI_Allreduce concurrently from 2+ threads (with different communicators,
of course) with the same MPI_User_function.


On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:35 AM, Phil Ruffwind <rf at rufflewind.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have another question about MPI_User_function.  Does MPI make any
> guarantees regarding (a) whether multiple invocations of
> MPI_User_function could occur simultaneously within a given process for
> a given MPI_Op, and regarding (b) which thread MPI_User_function gets
> called on?
> The answer to (a) affects whether MPI_User_function would need any
> synchronization (like mutexes or semaphores) if it mutates global state.
>  The answer to (b) affects whether it is possible to use thread-local
> state inside MPI_User_function.
> I would appreciate any clarifications.  Thanks.
> Phil
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Jeff Hammond
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