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Subject: [OMPI devel] Problem with MPI_Type_indexed and hole (defined with MPI_Type_create_resized )
From: Pascal Deveze (Pascal.Deveze_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-17 10:43:43

Hi all,

I use a very simple datatype defined as follow:
     lng[0]= 1;
    dsp[0]= 1;
    err=MPI_Type_indexed(1, lng, dsp, MPI_CHAR, &offtype);
    err=MPI_Type_create_resized(offtype, 0, 2, &filetype);

This datatype consists of a hole (of length 1 char) followed by a char.

The datatype with hole at the beginning is not correctly handled by
ROMIO integrated in OpenMPI (I tried with MPICH2 and it worked fine).
You will see bellow a program to reproduce the problem.

After investigations, I see that the difference between OpenMPI and
MPICH appears at line 542 in the file romio/adio/comm/flatten.c:

    /* This is done similar to a type_struct with an lb, datatype, ub */

    /* handle the Lb */
        j = *curr_index;
        flat->indices[j] = st_offset + adds[0];
        flat->blocklens[j] = 0;


        /* handle the datatype */

        MPI_Type_get_envelope(types[0], &old_nints, &old_nadds,
                              &old_ntypes, &old_combiner);
        ADIOI_Datatype_iscontig(types[0], &old_is_contig); <==========
ligne 542

For MPICH2, the datatype is not contiguous, but it is for OpenMPI. The
routine ADIOI_Datatype_iscontig is
quite different in OpenMPI because the datatypes are handled very
differently. If I reset old_is_contig just after
line 542, the problem disappears (Of course, this is not a solution).

I am not able to propose a right solution. Can somebody help ?


============ Program to reproduce the problem ========
#include <stdio.h>
#include "mpi.h"

char filename[256]="VIEW_TEST";
char buffer[100];
int err, i, myid, dsp[3], lng[3];
MPI_Status status;
MPI_File fh;
MPI_Datatype filetype, offtype;
MPI_Aint lb, extent;

int main(int argc, char **argv) {

 MPI_Init(&argc, &argv);
 MPI_Comm_rank(MPI_COMM_WORLD, &myid);
 for (i=0; i<sizeof(buffer); i++) buffer[i] = i;
 if (!myid) {
    MPI_File_open(MPI_COMM_SELF, filename, MPI_MODE_CREATE |
    MPI_File_write(fh, buffer, sizeof(buffer), MPI_CHAR, &status);

    lng[0]= 1;
    dsp[0]= 1;
    MPI_Type_indexed(1, lng, dsp, MPI_CHAR, &offtype);
    MPI_Type_create_resized(offtype, 0, 2, &filetype);

    MPI_File_open(MPI_COMM_SELF, filename, MPI_MODE_RDONLY ,
    MPI_File_set_view(fh, 0, MPI_CHAR, filetype,"native", MPI_INFO_NULL);
    MPI_File_read(fh, buffer, 5, MPI_CHAR, &status);

    printf("Data: ");
    for (i=0 ; i<5 ; i++) printf(" %x ", buffer[i]);
    if (buffer[1] != 3) printf("\n =======> test KO : buffer[1]=%d
instead of %d \n", buffer[1], 4);
    else printf("\n =======> test OK\n");
============ The result of the program with MPICH2 ========
Data: 1 3 5 7 9
 =======> test OK

============ The result of the program with OpenMPI ========
Data: 0 2 4 6 8
 =======> test KO : buffer[1]=2 instead of 4

Comment: Only the first hole is ommited.