17.2.415. MPI_Type_ub

MPI_Type_ub - Returns the upper bound of a datatype – use of this routine is deprecated.

17.2.415.1. SYNTAX

17.2.415.1.1. C Syntax

#include <mpi.h>

int MPI_Type_ub(MPI_Datatype datatype, MPI_Aint *displacement)

17.2.415.1.2. Fortran Syntax

INCLUDE 'mpif.h'


  • datatype: Datatype (handle).


  • displacement: Displacement of upper bound from origin, in bytes (integer).

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

17.2.415.4. DESCRIPTION

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

MPI_Type_ub returns the upper bound of a data type. This will differ from zero if the type was constructed using MPI_UB. The upper bound will take into account any alignment considerations.

The “pseudo-datatypes,” MPI_LB and MPI_UB, can be used, respectively, to mark the upper bound (or the lower bound) of a datatype. These pseudo-datatypes occupy no space (extent (MPI_LB) = extent (MPI_UB) =0. They do not affect the size or count of a datatype, and do not affect the context of a message created with this datatype. However, they do affect the definition of the extent of a datatype and, therefore, affect the outcome of a replication of this datatype by a datatype constructor.

In general, if

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

then the lower bound of Typemap is defined to be

              (min(j) disp(j)                          if no entry has
lb(Typemap) = (                                        basic type lb
              (min(j) {disp(j) such that type(j) = lb} otherwise

Similarly, the upper bound of Typemap is defined to be

              (max(j) disp(j) + sizeof(type(j) = lb}   if no entry has
ub(Typemap) = (                                        basic type ub
              (max(j) {disp(j) such that type(j) = ub} otherwise


extent(Typemap) = ub(Typemap) - lb(Typemap)

If type(i) requires alignment to a byte address that is a multiple of k(i), then e is the least nonnegative increment needed to round extent(Typemap) to the next multiple of max(i) k(i).

17.2.415.5. 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.