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Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2014 01:25:34 +0530
From: Sayantan Datta <>
To: john-dev <>
Subject: Re: MPI signalling

On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 12:25 AM, magnum <> wrote:

> Lukas, Sayantan, or anyone else knowing MPI -
> Do you know what would be the right MPI mechanism for just sending a
> trival "signal" to other processes, much like a SIGUSR1 but across network?
> There's got to be something suitable.
> Background: When we use --fork and the mother needs to tell children they
> should re-sync the pot file, it sends them a SIGUSR2 (in latest bleeding).
> If a child wants to initiate the same thing, it sends the mother a SIGUSR2,
> and mother relays to other children.
> With MPI, I thought I'd use MPI_Isend() for the sender, and receivers
> check for that with MPI_Irecv() once in a while using a timer, but it turns
> out that while it's asynchronous, it's still not of the kind I want because
> if I do an MPI_Irecv(), it will wait forever (though non blocking) for a
> message. That is not what I want: What I need is more of a "was there
> anything sent to me?" function that may return "nope, it wasn't".
> magnum
Hi magnum,

Do you need MPI_Iprobe ?


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