[MPI3 Fortran] ASYNC attribute

Aleksandar Donev donev1 at llnl.gov
Wed May 6 18:33:42 CDT 2009

Rolf Rabenseifner wrote:

> - What are the rules of handing over
>   1. an ASYNC_EXTERNAL real variable or ASYNC dummy argument
>      handed over to a subroutine with a dummy argument
>      defined ___with__ ASYNC
>   2. same but
>      defined _without_ ASYNC
>   3. a __normal__ variable or normal dummy argument handed over
>      to a subroutine with a dummy argument defined ___with__ ASYNC
>   I would expect that all three cases should be allowed.

> I would like to have the following detailed behavior:
> - Copyin/out is prohibited in all 3 cases
Only if both actual and dummy have the attribute (case 1).

In case 3, the asynchronous data transfer must be restricted to inside 
the subroutine. It must end when the subroutine completes, otherwise the 
user must put the attribute on the actual also. So I don't see a problem 
with copy in/out.

In case 2, which is likely not to be as common, the user must know that 
there is no asynchronous pending operations at the time of the call, 
just like:


requires that the user know buffer(4) is not being modified externally. 
No problem with copy in/out.

I agree with the rest of your wishes and I believe our proposed 
specification does that (but it is not yet technically polished enough).

> - In your example, one needs
>    TYPE(*), DIMENSION(..), ASYNC   :: buf
>   This is needed to avoid, e.g., temporary aching, overwriting
>   and restoring of parts of the data for loop fusion.
Yes. Or, if the routine can deal with non-contiguous arrays, he could 
have done:

call update_interior(buf(2:N-1))

so that only the interior is passed (this is the case #2 above).


Aleksandar Donev, Ph.D.
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