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From: Murat Knecht (murat.knecht_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-10-30 13:57:27


Hi,

does someone know whether there is a special requirement on the order of
spawning processes and the consequent merge of the intercommunicators?
I have two hosts, let's name them local and remote, and a parent process
on local that goes on spawning one process on each one of the two nodes.
After each spawn the parent process and all existing childs participate
in merging the created Intercommunicator into an Intracommunicator that
connects - in the end - alls three processes.

The weird thing is though, when I spawn them in the order local, remote
at the second, the last spawn all three processes block when
encountering MPI_Merge. Though, when I switch the order around to
spawning first the process on remote and then on local, everything works
out: The two processes are spawned and the Intracommunicators created
from the Merge. Everything goes well, too, if I decide to spawn both
processes on either one of the machines. (The existing children are
informed via a message that they shall participate in the Spawn and
Merge since these are collective operations.)

Is there some implicit developer-level knowledge that explains why the
order defines the outcome? Logically, there ought to be no difference.
Btw, I work with two Linux nodes and an ordinary Ethernet-TCP connection
between them.

Thanks,
Murat