[Mpi3-ft] Defining the state of MPI after an error

Richard Treumann treumann at us.ibm.com
Mon Sep 20 11:17:36 CDT 2010

If there is any question about whether these calls are still valid after 
an error with an error handler that returns (MPI_ERRORS_RETURN or user 


I assume it should be corrected as a trivial oversight in the original 

 I would regard the real issue as being the difficulty with assuring the 
state of remote processes. 

There is huge difficulty in making any promise about how an interaction 
between a process that has not taken an error and one that has will 

For example, if there were a loop of 100 MPI_Bcast calls and on iteration 
5, rank 3 uses a bad communicator, what is the proper state?  Either a 
sequence number is mandated so the other ranks hang quickly or a sequence 
number is prohibited so everybody keeps going until the "end" when the 
missing MPI_Bcast becomes critical.  Of course, with no sequence number, 
some tasks are stupidly using the iteration n-1 data for their iteration n 


Dick Treumann  -  MPI Team 
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