[mpiwg-rma] MPI_Lock... for MPI shared memory
jeff.science at gmail.com
Tue Sep 13 08:09:29 CDT 2016
This is a bug in the text that should be fixed by an erratum.
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> On Sep 13, 2016, at 5:36 AM, Rolf Rabenseifner <rabenseifner at hlrs.de> wrote:
> my colleague Joseph detected that an MPI implementation is allowed
> to not allow passive target communication/synchronization (i.e.,
> all forms of MPI_Lock and Unlock) on MPI shared memory windows.
> Was it intented or is it only a historical review-bug that
> MPI_WIN_ALLOCATE_SHARED was never added to the list of
> MPI_ALLOC_MEM (since MPI-2.0), and MPI_WIN_ALLOCATE &
> MPI_WIN_ATTACH (since MPI-3.0) in the following text.
> MPI-3.1 Sect. 11.5.3 on page 448 lines 1-12 say
> "Implementors may restrict the use of RMA communication
> that is synchronized by lock calls to windows in
> memory allocated by MPI_ALLOC_MEM (Section 8.2),
> MPI_WIN_ALLOCATE (Section 11.2.2), or attached with
> MPI_WIN_ATTACH (Section 11.2.4).
> Locks can be used portably only in such memory.
> Rationale. The implementation of passive target
> communication when Memory is not shared may require
> an asynchronous software agent. Such an agent can be
> implemented more easily, and can achieve better
> performance, if restricted to specially allocated memory.
> It can be avoided altogether if shared memory is used.
> It seems natural to impose restrictions that allows
> one to use shared memory for third party communication
> in shared memory machines.
> (End of rationale.)"
> The rationale not really fits to the current state
> that MPI_WIN_ALLOCATE_SHARED is missing in the list.
> It would fit if MPI_WIN_ALLOCATE_SHARED would be added
> to the list.
> Best regards
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