17.2.6. MPI_Address

MPI_Address - Gets the address of a location in memory – use of this routine is deprecated.

17.2.6.1. SYNTAX

17.2.6.1.1. C Syntax

#include <mpi.h>

int MPI_Address(void *location, MPI_Aint *address)

17.2.6.1.2. Fortran Syntax

INCLUDE 'mpif.h'
MPI_ADDRESS(LOCATION, ADDRESS, IERROR)
     <type>  LOCATION (*)
     INTEGER ADDRESS, IERROR

17.2.6.2. INPUT PARAMETER

  • location: Location in caller memory (choice).

17.2.6.3. OUTPUT PARAMETERS

  • address: Address of location (integer).

  • IERROR: Fortran only: Error status (integer).

17.2.6.4. DESCRIPTION

Note that use of this routine is deprecated as of MPI-2. Please use MPI_Get_address instead.

The address of a location in memory can be found by invoking this function. Returns the (byte) address of location.

Example: Using MPI_Address for an array.

REAL A(100,100)

INTEGER I1, I2, DIFF
CALL MPI_ADDRESS(A(1,1), I1, IERROR)
CALL MPI_ADDRESS(A(10,10), I2, IERROR)
DIFF = I2 - I1
! The value of DIFF is 909*sizeofreal; the values of I1 and I2 are
! implementation dependent.

17.2.6.5. NOTES

This routine is provided for both Fortran and C programmers and may be useful when writing portable code. In the current release, the address returned by this routine will be the same as that produced by the C & operator.

C users may be tempted to avoid using MPI_Address and rely on the availability of the address operator &. Note, however, that & cast-expression is a pointer, not an address. ANSI C does not require that the value of a pointer (or the pointer cast to int) be the absolute address of the object pointed at although this is commonly the case. Furthermore, referencing may not have a unique definition on machines with a segmented address space. The use of MPI_Address to “reference” C variables guarantees portability to such machines as well.

17.2.6.6. ERRORS

Almost all MPI routines return an error value; C routines as the return result of the function and Fortran routines in the last argument.

Before the error value is returned, the current MPI error handler associated with the communication object (e.g., communicator, window, file) is called. If no communication object is associated with the MPI call, then the call is considered attached to MPI_COMM_SELF and will call the associated MPI error handler. When MPI_COMM_SELF is not initialized (i.e., before MPI_INIT / MPI_INIT_THREAD, after MPI_FINALIZE, or when using the Sessions Model exclusively) the error raises the initial error handler. The initial error handler can be changed by calling MPI_COMM_SET_ERRHANDLER on MPI_COMM_SELF when using the World model, or the mpi_initial_errhandler CLI argument to mpiexec or info key to MPI_COMM_SPAWN[_MULTIPLE]. If no other appropriate error handler has been set, then the MPI_ERRORS_RETURN error handler is called for MPI I/O functions and the MPI_ERRORS_ABORT error handler is called for all other MPI functions.

In the sessions model, the error handler can be set during MPI_Session_init.

Open MPI includes three predefined error handlers that can be used:

MPI_ERRORS_ARE_FATAL: Causes the program to abort all connected MPI processes.
MPI_ERRORS_ABORT:     An error handler that can be invoked on a communicator,
                      window, file, or session. When called on a communicator, it
                      acts as if MPI_ABORT was called on that communicator. If
                      called on a window or file, acts as if MPI_ABORT was called
                      on a communicator containing the group of processes in the
                      corresponding window or file. If called on a session,
                      aborts only the local process.
MPI_ERRORS_RETURN:    Returns an error code to the application.

MPI applications can also implement their own error handlers.

Custom MPI error handlers can be created by calling: MPI_Comm_create_errhandler(3) MPI_File_create_errhandler(3) MPI_Session_create_errhandler(3) MPI_Win_create_errhandler(3)

Predefined and custom error handlers can be set by calling: MPI_Comm_set_errhandler(3) MPI_File_set_errhandler(3) MPI_Session_set_errhandler(3) MPI_Win_set_errhandler(3)

Note that MPI does not guarantee that an MPI program can continue past an error.

See the MPI man page for a full list of MPI error codes.

See the Error Handling section of the MPI-3 standard for more information.

See also

MPI_Get_address