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+1 on what George says.
In general, the only MPI collective operation that *forces* an explicit, global synchronization is MPI_Barrier. Specifically: no process can exit the barrier until all processes have entered the barrier.
In you example (MPI_Bcast), none of the non-root processes can exit the bcast before the root enters the bcast. This is a much weaker synchronization than barrier.
On Nov 18, 2012, at 10:18 PM, George Bosilca wrote:
> In this case the MPI_Bcast will act as a synchronization point, the slaves will be blocked in the call until the master do the operation.
> On Nov 18, 2012, at 15:54 , Sandra Guija <sguija_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> Could someone be kind and explain me the MPI_Bcast when is call by all the other processes?
>> I am having some difficulties in fully understanding it.
>> The reason I asked, it is because in my code there are some slaves calling the MPI_Bcast function prior the master calls it.
>> Sandra Guija
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