17.2.64. MPI_Comm_get_parent

MPI_Comm_get_parent - Returns the parent intercommunicator of current spawned process. SYNTAX C Syntax

#include <mpi.h>

int MPI_Comm_get_parent(MPI_Comm *parent) Fortran Syntax

! or the older form: INCLUDE 'mpif.h'
     INTEGER PARENT, IERROR Fortran 2008 Syntax

USE mpi_f08
MPI_Comm_get_parent(parent, ierror)
     TYPE(MPI_Comm), INTENT(OUT) :: parent

  • parent: The parent communicator (handle).

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

If a process was started with MPI_Comm_spawn or MPI_Comm_spawn_multiple, MPI_Comm_get_parent returns the “parent” intercommunicator of the current process. This parent intercommunicator is created implicitly inside of MPI_Init and is the same intercommunicator returned by the spawn call made in the parents.

If the process was not spawned, MPI_Comm_get_parent returns MPI_COMM_NULL.

After the parent communicator is freed or disconnected, MPI_Comm_get_parent returns MPI_COMM_NULL. NOTES

MPI_Comm_get_parent returns a handle to a single intercommunicator. Calling MPI_Comm_get_parent a second time returns a handle to the same intercommunicator. Freeing the handle with MPI_Comm_disconnect or MPI_Comm_free will cause other references to the intercommunicator to become invalid (dangling). Note that calling MPI_Comm_free on the parent communicator is not useful. ERRORS

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

Before the error value is returned, the current MPI error handler is called. By default, this error handler aborts the MPI job, except for I/O function errors. The error handler may be changed with MPI_Comm_set_errhandler; the predefined error handler MPI_ERRORS_RETURN may be used to cause error values to be returned. Note that MPI does not guarantee that an MPI program can continue past an error.