Creates an intercommuncator from two intracommunicators


int MPI_Intercomm_create(MPI_Comm local_comm, int local_leader,
                         MPI_Comm peer_comm, int remote_leader, int tag,
                         MPI_Comm *newintercomm)

Input Parameters

local intra-communicator (handle)
rank of local group leader in local_comm (integer)
`peer communicator; significant only at the local_leader (handle)
rank of remote group leader in peer_comm; significant only at the local_leader (integer)
tag (integer)

Output Parameters

new inter-communicator (handle)


peer_comm is significant only for the process designated the local_leader in the local_comm.

The MPI 1.1 Standard contains two mutually exclusive comments on the input intercommunicators. One says that their respective groups must be disjoint; the other that the leaders can be the same process. After some discussion by the MPI Forum, it has been decided that the groups must be disjoint. Note that the reason given for this in the standard is not the reason for this choice; rather, the other operations on intercommunicators (like MPI_Intercomm_merge) do not make sense if the groups are not disjoint.

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 call statement.

All MPI objects (e.g., MPI_Datatype, MPI_Comm) are of type INTEGER in Fortran.


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 guarantee that an MPI program can continue past an error; however, MPI implementations will attempt to continue whenever possible.

No error; MPI routine completed successfully.
Invalid argument. Some argument is invalid and is not identified by a specific error class (e.g., MPI_ERR_RANK).
Invalid communicator. A common error is to use a null communicator in a call (not even allowed in MPI_Comm_rank).
Invalid tag argument. Tags must be non-negative; tags in a receive (MPI_Recv, MPI_Irecv, MPI_Sendrecv, etc.) may also be MPI_ANY_TAG. The largest tag value is available through the the attribute MPI_TAG_UB.
Other error; use MPI_Error_string to get more information about this error code.

See Also

MPI_Intercomm_merge, MPI_Comm_free, MPI_Comm_remote_group, MPI_Comm_remote_size