[MPI3 Fortran] What if Fortran is the primary interface?

Supalov, Alexander alexander.supalov at intel.com
Mon Mar 17 16:39:25 CDT 2008


Thanks. You probably meant

TYPEALIAS :: MPI_COMM=>INTEGER(KIND=INT32) ! Handles are integers

Because this is what they are in those implementations. By the way,
MPI_FILE there is a pointer. I'm talking about MPICH2 and friends here
(including MS MPI and Intel MPI).

Best regards.


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On Monday 17 March 2008 13:39, Supalov, Alexander wrote:

> Careful: quite a few implementations use INTEGER to represent a handle
> as a bit mask, rather than a pointer.
The best way to handle this kind of argument, IMO, is a type alias
In C that is handled by the preprocessor and so it is essentially a
but in Fortran it would have to be built-in. It was part of Fortran 2003

until the very last minute, when it was pulled out due to alleged
problems" (as you can tell I did not buy that---this was from language 
purists that simply did not want a typedef-like facility in the
The MPI Forum could request this be added in Fortran 2008 for the
purposes of 
interop. I could help you write the technical specification:

TYPEALIAS :: MPI_COMM=>TYPE(C_PTR) ! Handles are pointers, or
TYPEALIAS :: MPI_COMM=>INTEGER(KIND=INT64) ! Handles are integers


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