[MPI3 Fortran] [Mpi-comments] MPI 3.0: Fortran 2008 interface - issue with the LOGICAL kind

Bill Long longb at cray.com
Thu Mar 21 14:47:58 CDT 2013

My perspective was that the only functionality here is to specify an 
alternate external name for the Fortran procedure.  I assume that the 
caller and callee are compiled with the same compiler, so that the 
issues around vendor-specific calling conventions are not a problem. 
(This is why I preferred the NAME( .. ) form, since it omits any concept 
of a binding different from the normal conventions for the processor, 
except the name.)


On 3/21/13 2:13 PM, Tobias Burnus wrote:
> Craig Rasmussen wrote:
>> BIND(FORTRAN, name="MPI_Test_f08") seems like a great idea.
>>  Unfortunately I can't find it in the Fortran standard :-(
> I have to admit that I do not really see the advantage of having such a
> binding name. Surely, it voids issues to find out about the name
> mangling of a compiler. But besides the mangling, different compilers
> also handle other things differently:
> * Function results: By return value or as by-reference argument.
> Especially for COMPLEX
> * Handling of string lengths - especially for character arrays
> * Array descriptors - might be different from the TS29113 array descriptor
> * etc.
> In case of BIND(C), most of the ABI issues is defined by the platform
> ABI together with the C standard, which mostly solves the interop issues
> between different C compiler and different Fortran compilers for BIND(C)
> procedures. But NAME()/Bind(Fortran) doesn't.
> With all those issues, I do not really see how NAME(...) or
> BIND(Fortran,name=...) would help - except in very special cases.
> Tobisa
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