17.2.407. MPI_Type_hvector

MPI_Type_hvector - Creates a vector (strided) datatype with offset in bytes – use of this routine is deprecated.

17.2.407.1. SYNTAX

17.2.407.1.1. C Syntax

#include <mpi.h>

int MPI_Type_hvector(int count, int blocklength, MPI_Aint stride,
     MPI_Datatype oldtype, MPI_Datatype *newtype)

17.2.407.1.2. Fortran Syntax

INCLUDE 'mpif.h'


  • count: Number of blocks (nonnegative integer).

  • blocklength: Number of elements in each block (nonnegative integer).

  • stride: Number of bytes between start of each block (integer).

  • oldtype: Old datatype (handle).


  • newtype: New datatype (handle).

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

17.2.407.4. DESCRIPTION

Note that use of this routine is deprecated as of MPI-2. Use MPI_Type_create_hvector instead.

The function MPI_Type_hvector is identical to MPI_Type_vector, except that stride is given in bytes, rather than in elements. The use for both types of vector constructors is illustrated in the examples in Section 3.12.7 of the MPI-1 Standard.

Assume that oldtype has type map

{(type(0), disp(0)), ..., (type(n-1), disp(n-1))}

with extent ex. Let bl be the blocklength. The newly created datatype has a type map with count * bl * n entries:

{(type(0), disp(0)), ..., (type(n-1), disp(n-1)),
(type(0), disp(0) + ex), ..., (type(n-1), disp(n-1) + ex),
..., (type(0), disp(0) + (bl -1) * ex),...,(type(n-1),
disp(n-1) + (bl -1) * ex), (type(0), disp(0) + stride),
...,(type(n-1), disp(n-1) + stride), ..., (type(0),
disp(0) + stride + (bl - 1) * ex), ..., (type(n-1),
disp(n-1) + stride + (bl -1) * ex), ..., (type(0),
disp(0) + stride * (count -1)), ...,(type(n-1),
disp(n-1) + stride * (count -1)), ..., (type(0),
disp(0) + stride * (count -1) + (bl -1) * ex), ...,
(type(n-1), disp(n-1) + stride * (count -1) + (bl -1) * ex)}

17.2.407.5. 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.