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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] MPI_AllGather null terminator character
From: Gabriele Fatigati (g.fatigati_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-01-31 03:59:14

Dear Jeff,

I have very interesting news. I recompiled OpenMPI 1.4.4 enabling the

Now the warning on strcmp is disappeared also without buffers
initializations using memset!

So the warning is a false positive? My simple code is safe?


2012/1/28 Jeff Squyres <jsquyres_at_[hidden]>

> On Jan 28, 2012, at 5:22 AM, Gabriele Fatigati wrote:
> > I had the same idea so my simple code I have already done calloc and
> memset ..
> >
> > The same warning still appear using strncmp that should exclude
> uninitialized bytes on hostnam_recv_buf :(
> Bummer.
> > My apologize for being so insistent, but I would understand if there is
> some bug in MPI_Allgather, strcmp or Valgrind itself.
> Understood.
> I still think that MPI_Allgather will exactly send the bytes starting at
> the buffer you specify, regardless of whether they include \0 or not.
> I was unable to replicate the valgrind warning on my systems. A few more
> things to try:
> 1. Are you using the latest version of Valgrind?
> 2. (I should have asked this before - sorry!) Are you using InfiniBand to
> transmit the data across your network? If so, Valgrind might not have
> visibility on the receive buffers being filled because IB, by its nature,
> uses OS bypass to fill in receive buffers. Meaning: Valgrind won't "see"
> the receive buffers getting filled, and therefore will think that they are
> uninitialized. If you re-run your experiment with TCP and/or shared memory
> (like I did), you won't see the Valgrind uninitialized warnings.
> To avoid these OS-bypass issues, you might try installing Open MPI with
> --with-valgrind=DIR (DIR = directory where Valgrind is installed -- we need
> valgrind.h, IIRC). What this does is allow Open MPI to use Valgrind's
> external tools API to say "don't worry Valgrind, the entire contents of
> this buffer are initialized" in cases exactly like this.
> There is a performance cost to using Valgrind integration, though. So
> don't make this your production copy of Open MPI.
> 3. Do a for loop accessing each position of the buffer *before* you send
> it. Not just up to the \0, but traverse the *entire length* of the buffer
> and do some meaningless action with each byte. See if Valgrind complains.
> If it doesn't, you know for certain that the entire source buffer is not
> the origin of the warning.
> 4. Similarly, do a loop accessing each position of the received buffer.
> You can have Valgrind attach a debugger when it runs into issues; with
> that, you can see exactly which position Valgrind thinks is uninitialized.
> Compare the value that was sent to the value that was received and ensure
> that they are the same.
> Hope that helps!
> --
> Jeff Squyres
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Ing. Gabriele Fatigati
HPC specialist
SuperComputing Applications and Innovation Department
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