MPI_Barrier(3) LAM/MPI MPI_Barrier(3)
MPI_Barrier - Blocks until all process have reached this routine.
int MPI_Barrier(MPI_Comm comm)
comm - communicator (handle)
Blocks the caller until all group members have called it; the call returns at any process
only after all group members have entered the call.
USAGE WITH IMPI EXTENSIONS
This function has had the IMPI extensions implemented. It is legal to call this function
on IMPI communicators.
For 4 or less ranks, a linear algorithm is used, where rank 0 first receives synchroniza-
tion message from each other rank. Rank 0 then sends out a synchronization message to
each other rank.
If more than 4 ranks are involved, a tree-based algorithm is used to receive and then send
the synchronization messages to and from rank 0.
NOTES FOR FORTRAN
All MPI routines in Fortran (except for MPI_WTIME and MPI_WTICK ) have an additional argu-
ment ierr at the end of the argument list. ierr is an integer and has the same meaning as
the return value of the routine in C. In Fortran, MPI routines are subroutines, and are
invoked with the call statement.
All MPI objects (e.g., MPI_Datatype , MPI_Comm ) are of type INTEGER in Fortran.
If an error occurs in an MPI function, the current MPI error handler is called to handle
it. By default, this error handler aborts the MPI job. The error handler may be changed
with MPI_Errhandler_set ; the predefined error handler MPI_ERRORS_RETURN may be used to
cause error values to be returned (in C and Fortran; this error handler is less useful in
with the C++ MPI bindings. The predefined error handler MPI::ERRORS_THROW_EXCEPTIONS
should be used in C++ if the error value needs to be recovered). Note that MPI does not
guarantee that an MPI program can continue past an error.
All MPI routines (except MPI_Wtime and MPI_Wtick ) return an error value; C routines as
the value of the function and Fortran routines in the last argument. The C++ bindings for
MPI do not return error values; instead, error values are communicated by throwing excep-
tions of type MPI::Exception (but not by default). Exceptions are only thrown if the
error value is not MPI::SUCCESS
Note that if the MPI::ERRORS_RETURN handler is set in C++, while MPI functions will return
upon an error, there will be no way to recover what the actual error value was.
- No error; MPI routine completed successfully.
- Invalid communicator. A common error is to use a null communicator in a call
(not even allowed in MPI_Comm_rank ).
- Invalid communicator. LAM/MPI does not yet support invoking collectives on
For more information, please see the official MPI Forum web site, which contains the text
of both the MPI-1 and MPI-2 standards. These documents contain detailed information about
each MPI function (most of which is not duplicated in these man pages).
The LAM Team would like the thank the MPICH Team for the handy program to generate man
pages ("doctext" from ftp://ftp.mcs.anl.gov/pub/sowing/sowing.tar.gz ), the initial for-
matting, and some initial text for most of the MPI-1 man pages.
LAM/MPI 6.5.8 11/10/2002 MPI_Barrier(3)