Combines values and scatters the results
int MPI_Reduce_scatter_block(const void *sendbuf, void *recvbuf,
int recvcount, MPI_Datatype datatype, MPI_Op op, MPI_Comm comm)
- starting address of send buffer (choice)
- element count per block (non-negative integer)
- data type of elements of input buffer (handle)
- operation (handle)
- communicator (handle)
- starting address of receive buffer (choice)
Thread and Interrupt Safety
This routine is thread-safe. This means that this routine may be
safely used by multiple threads without the need for any user-provided
thread locks. However, the routine is not interrupt safe. Typically,
this is due to the use of memory allocation routines such as malloc
or other non-MPICH runtime routines that are themselves not interrupt-safe.
Notes for Fortran
All MPI routines in Fortran (except for MPI_WTIME and MPI_WTICK) have
an additional argument 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
All MPI objects (e.g., MPI_Datatype, MPI_Comm) are of type INTEGER
Notes on collective operations
The reduction functions (MPI_Op) do not return an error value. As a result,
if the functions detect an error, all they can do is either call MPI_Abort
or silently skip the problem. Thus, if you change the error handler from
MPI_ERRORS_ARE_FATAL to something else, for example, MPI_ERRORS_RETURN,
then no error may be indicated.
The reason for this is the performance problems in ensuring that
all collective routines return the same error value.
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. Before the value is returned, the current MPI error handler is
called. By default, this error handler aborts the MPI job. The error handler
may be changed with MPI_Comm_set_errhandler (for communicators),
MPI_File_set_errhandler (for files), and MPI_Win_set_errhandler (for
RMA windows). The MPI-1 routine MPI_Errhandler_set may be used but
its use is deprecated. The predefined error handler
MPI_ERRORS_RETURN may be used to cause error values to be returned.
Note that MPI does not guarentee that an MPI program can continue past
an error; however, MPI implementations will attempt to continue whenever
- 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 count argument. Count arguments must be
non-negative; a count of zero is often valid.
- Invalid datatype argument. Additionally, this error can
occur if an uncommitted MPI_Datatype (see MPI_Type_commit) is used
in a communication call.
- Invalid buffer pointer. Usually a null buffer where
one is not valid.
- Invalid operation. MPI operations (objects of type MPI_Op)
must either be one of the predefined operations (e.g., MPI_SUM) or
created with MPI_Op_create.
- This error class is associcated with an error code that
indicates that two buffer arguments are aliased; that is, the
describe overlapping storage (often the exact same storage). This
is prohibited in MPI (because it is prohibited by the Fortran
standard, and rather than have a separate case for C and Fortran, the
MPI Forum adopted the more restrictive requirements of Fortran).