17.2.454. MPI_Win_post

MPI_Win_post — Starts an RMA exposure epoch for the local window associated with win

17.2.454.1. SYNTAX

17.2.454.1.1. C Syntax

#include <mpi.h>

int MPI_Win_post(MPI_Group group, int assert, MPI_Win win)

17.2.454.1.2. Fortran Syntax

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

17.2.454.1.3. Fortran 2008 Syntax

USE mpi_f08
MPI_Win_post(group, assert, win, ierror)
     TYPE(MPI_Group), INTENT(IN) :: group
     INTEGER, INTENT(IN) :: assert
     TYPE(MPI_Win), INTENT(IN) :: win


  • group: The group of origin processes (handle)

  • assert: Program assertion (integer)

  • win: Window object (handle)


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

17.2.454.4. DESCRIPTION

Starts an RMA exposure epoch for the local window associated with win. Only the processes belonging to group should access the window with RMA calls on win during this epoch. Each process in group must issue a matching call to MPI_Win_start. MPI_Win_post does not block.

The assert argument is used to provide assertions on the context of

the call that may be used for various optimizations. A value of assert ^ 0 is always valid. The following assertion values are supported:


The matching calls to MPI_Win_start have not yet occurred on any origin processes when this call is made. This assertion must be present for all matching MPI_Win_start calls if used.


Informs that the local window was not updated by local stores or get calls in the preceding epoch.


Informs that the local window will not be updated by put or accummulate calls until the ensuing wait synchronization.

17.2.454.5. 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/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.