[MPI3 Fortran] Deprecate mpif.h?

Supalov, Alexander alexander.supalov at intel.com
Thu Mar 4 14:20:13 CST 2010

Thanks. Let us look into the following table:

		MPI-2.2		MPI-3
F77/mpif.h	85%			5%

F90/mpi	5%			2%

F2008/mpi3	2%			1%

You appear to say that we have users in all cells: F77 diehards who don't care of the MPI news; ultra-modernists who will use F2008 and mpi3 module, and all hues in between. The numbers are just bogus representing how many people we may have in each "interest group" out of the total Fortran/MPI community. I did not put 99% into the upper left corner only to not reduce other cells to decimal fractions. :)

Now, imagine we deprecate the mpif.h/mpi module and add the mpi3 module. It look like we'll upset 90% of the users and prevent other 7% from going to MPI-3. Makes 97%. Bad.

Imagine we freeze mpif.h/mpi module and add mpi3 module. We'll probably hit 7% of the users who would otherwise be willing to try MPI-3. Not deadly but still painful.

Finally, imagine we do what was suggested earlier and do a reasonable job at maintaining mpif.h/mpi attractive to those in the more conservative upper part, and extending the mpi3 module as we please. I don't think we'll have anyone who gets to the street.

See what I mean? Now compare those numbers to the number of people in the MPI Forum. I would say that if there's pain in extending and maintaining the mpif.h/mpi module, we should probably bear it instead of making the user community suffer.

As they said once: "Never was so much owed by so many to so few". I'd love this to be said of us. What about you?

-----Original Message-----
From: mpi3-fortran-bounces at lists.mpi-forum.org [mailto:mpi3-fortran-bounces at lists.mpi-forum.org] On Behalf Of N.M. Maclaren
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2010 8:27 PM
To: MPI-3 Fortran working group
Subject: Re: [MPI3 Fortran] Deprecate mpif.h?

On Mar 4 2010, Supalov, Alexander wrote:
>What is it that you doubt: the peace or the 99%?

Both.  As I said, there are quite a lot of people who want a cleaner
interface but have no interest in the new features.  And there will
always be some people who want every new gimmick but aren't prepared
to change from coding in Fortran 77 - I was seeing people who were
still coding in the Fortran 66 subset of Fortran 77 (with, very
reluctantly, some use of CHARACTER) until quite recently!

So we won't get peace.

Nick Maclaren.

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