[Mpi3-tools] MPI3 tools WG Mission Statement

Ashley Pittman ashley at pittman.co.uk
Wed Sep 2 16:18:41 CDT 2009

On Wed, 2009-09-02 at 21:46 +0300, Marc-Andre Hermanns wrote: 
> Does 'correctness' tools include debuggers? It immediately triggered
> things like "Marmot" and not directly Totalview, DDT, etc., as I would
> usually not refer to a debugger as a correctness checker (but then, I am
> not a native speaker).

That was my first thought when I read the text as well, there are a
multitude of tools out there and no doubt there will me more which are
not even thought of yet during the lifetime of the interfaces we are

> To make that a little clearer I would propose the following change:
> The goal of this working group is to define interfaces that can be used
> by third party tools to obtain internal information about the MPI
> library, as well as the system environment an MPI application runs in.
> These tools include performance analysis tools, correctness checkers and
> debuggers.

Is "third party" or "external" better here?  Saying something is "third
party" to a specification seems a little unusual to me, it would be
third party to the vendor who implements the spec whereas external could
equally well apply to the forum, specification or vendor.



Ashley Pittman, Bath, UK.

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