17.2.426. MPI_Waitsome

MPI_Waitsome — Waits for some given communications to complete.

17.2.426.1. SYNTAX

17.2.426.1.1. C Syntax

#include <mpi.h>

int MPI_Waitsome(int incount, MPI_Request array_of_requests[],
     int *outcount, int array_of_indices[],
     MPI_Status array_of_statuses[])

17.2.426.1.2. Fortran Syntax

! or the older form: INCLUDE 'mpif.h'

17.2.426.1.3. Fortran 2008 Syntax

USE mpi_f08
MPI_Waitsome(incount, array_of_requests, outcount, array_of_indices,
             array_of_statuses, ierror)
     INTEGER, INTENT(IN) :: incount
     TYPE(MPI_Request), INTENT(INOUT) :: array_of_requests(incount)
     INTEGER, INTENT(OUT) :: outcount, array_of_indices(*)
     TYPE(MPI_Status) :: array_of_statuses(*)


  • incount: Length of array_of_requests (integer).

  • array_of_requests: Array of requests (array of handles).


  • outcount: Number of completed requests (integer).

  • array_of_indices: Array of indices of operations that completed (array of integers).

  • array_of_statuses: Array of status objects for operations that completed (array of status).

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

17.2.426.4. DESCRIPTION

Waits until at least one of the operations associated with active handles in the list have completed. Returns in outcount the number of requests from the list array_of_requests that have completed. Returns in the first outcount locations of the array array_of_indices the indices of these operations (index within the array array_of_requests; the array is indexed from 0 in C and from 1 in Fortran). Returns in the first outcount locations of the array array_of_status the status for these completed operations. If a request that completed was allocated by a nonblocking communication call, then it is deallocated, and the associated handle is set to MPI_REQUEST_NULL.

If the list contains no active handles, then the call returns immediately with outcount = MPI_UNDEFINED.

When one or more of the communications completed by MPI_Waitsome fails, then it is desirable to return specific information on each communication. The arguments outcount, array_of_indices, and array_of_statuses will be adjusted to indicate completion of all communications that have succeeded or failed. The call will return the error code MPI_ERR_IN_STATUS and the error field of each status returned will be set to indicate success or to indicate the specific error that occurred. The call will return MPI_SUCCESS if no request resulted in an error, and will return another error code if it failed for other reasons (such as invalid arguments). In such cases, it will not update the error fields of the statuses.

If your application does not need to examine the array_of_statuses field, you can save resources by using the predefined constant MPI_STATUSES_IGNORE can be used as a special value for the array_of_statuses argument.

Example: Same code as the example in the MPI_Waitany man page, but using MPI_Waitsome.

CALL MPI_COMM_SIZE(comm, size, ierr)
CALL MPI_COMM_RANK(comm, rank, ierr)
IF(rank > 0) THEN         ! client code
       CALL MPI_ISEND(a, n, MPI_REAL, 0, tag, comm, request, ierr)
       CALL MPI_WAIT(request, status, ierr)
    END DO
ELSE         ! rank=0: server code
    DO i=1, size-1
       CALL MPI_IRECV(a(1,i), n, MPI_REAL, i, tag, &
                      comm, requests(i), ierr)
    END DO
       CALL MPI_WAITSOME(size, request_list, numdone, &
                        indices, statuses, ierr)
       DO i=1, numdone
          CALL DO_SERVICE(a(1, indices(i)))
          CALL MPI_IRECV(a(1, indices(i)), n, MPI_REAL, i, tag, &
                       comm, requests(indices(i)), ierr)
       END DO
    END DO

17.2.426.5. NOTES

The array of indices are in the range 0 to incount-1 for C and in the range 1 to incount for Fortran.

17.2.426.6. 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/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.

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 by calling:

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-3.1 standard for more information.

For each invocation of MPI_Waitsome, if one or more requests generate an MPI error, only the first MPI request that caused an error will be passed to its corresponding error handler. No other error handlers will be invoked (even if multiple requests generated errors). However, all requests that generate an error will have a relevant error code set in the corresponding status.MPI_ERROR field (unless MPI_STATUSES_IGNORE was used).

If the invoked error handler allows MPI_Waitsome to return to the caller, the value MPI_ERR_IN_STATUS will be returned in the C and Fortran bindings.