[Mpi3-ft] system-level C/R requirements

Supalov, Alexander alexander.supalov at intel.com
Mon Oct 27 06:49:19 CDT 2008

Thanks. What stack do you mean here? 

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Supalov, Alexander wrote:
> Thanks. I think the word "how" below is decisive.
> The definition of MPI_Init and MPI_Finalize do not say "how" processes
> are created, and still, they work. Likewise, as soon as we can define
> the expected outcome of the proposed calls, we can offload the "how"
> the system - in this case, the CR system.
> Now we come to the expected outcome. Imagine we guarantee that there's
> no MPI communication between the PREPARE and RESTORE calls, and no
> messages stuck in the wire or in the buffers. What can be stored in
> system memory covered by CR will be stored there. The rest will be
> restored by the RESTORE call once it gets control over this memory
> back. This may include reinitialization of the networking hardware,
> reestablishment of connections, reopening of the files, etc.
> What other guarantees do CR people want?

If the stack supported these calls asynchronously during MPI 
communication -- either from a signal handler or from a second thread --

then I think that definition would go a fair way towards what would be 



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