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MPI_Scatterv - Scatter differently sized buffers from a root process to all processes in a communicator


#include <mpi.h> int MPI_Scatterv(void *sendbuf , int *sendcount , int *disp , MPI_Datatype sendtype , void *recvbuf , int recvcount , MPI_Datatype recvtype , int root , MPI_Comm comm );

#include <pmpi.h> int PMPI_Scatterv(void *sendbuf , int *sendcount , int *disp , MPI_Datatype sendtype , void *recvbuf , int recvcount , MPI_Datatype recvtype , int root , MPI_Comm comm );

#include <mpi.h> void MPI::Comm::Scatterv(const void *sendbuf , const int *sendcount , const int *disp , const MPI::Datatype &sendtype , void *recvbuf , int recvcount , const MPI::Datatype &recvtype , int root ) const;

INCLUDE 'mpif.h' MPI_SCATTERV(sendbuf , sendcount , disp , sendtype , recvbuf , recvcount , recvtype , root , comm , ierr ) <type> sendbuf (*), recvbuf (*) INTEGER sendcount (*), disp (*), sendtype , recvcount , root , comm , ierr


sendbuf - send buffer (array)

sendcount - array of counts of elements to send to each rank (array of integers)

disp - array of element offsets in send buffer to each rank (array of integers)

sendtype - type of elements in send buffer (handle)

recvcount - count of elements in receive buffer (integer)

recvtype - type of elements in receive buffer (handle)

root - root rank (integer)

comm - communicator for messages (handle)


recvbuf - receive buffer (array)


The MPI_Scatterv() function is used to send messages from a root process to every other process in the communicator comm . The messages are sent from a buffer sendbuf of elements of type sendtype . Each rank is sent a number of elements given by the value at its rank in sendcount , sent from an offset given by the value at its rank within the disp array. The displacements are in units of the underlying datatype sendtype . This is the reverse process of the MPI_Gatherv() function.

The sends may (or may not) block depending on the amount of internal buffering done in the MPI implementation. At the root, if recvbuf is MPI_IN_PLACE then the destination of the message is taken from root's corresponding offset in sendbuf . This corresponds to no self-send or copy. Otherwise, the root will perform a copy from its requisite offset in sendbuf to recvbuf .

Note that each process should receive the amount of data from root that is expected by the sizes in recvcount . If that is not the case, then the messages will be silently truncated to the size expected there. Note that for performance reasons this MPI library does not check that the sent and received datatypes match.

If the same amount of data needs to be transferred from root , use the MPI_Scatter() function.

The communicator must be a valid one (not MPI_COMM_NULL). PMPI_Scatterv() is the profiling version of this function.


All MPI routines except for MPI_Wtime and MPI_Wtick return an error code. The the current MPI error handler is invoked if the return value is not MPI_SUCCESS. The default error handler aborts, but this may be changed with by using the MPI_Errhandler_set() function. The predefined error handler MPI_ERRORS_RETURN may be used to cause error values to be returned instead. Note that MPI does not guarentee that an MPI program can continue past an error. In this implementation, all errors except MPI_ERR_INTERN or MPI_ERR_OTHER should always be recoverable.

In C, the error code is passed as the return value. In FORTRAN, all functions have an parameter ierr which returns the error code. MPI C++ functions do not directly return an error code. However, C++ users may want to use the MPI::ERRORS_THROW_EXCEPTIONS handler. This will throw an MPI::Exception with the corresponding error code. To prevent exceptions from being raised from within C and Fortran code, they will see all error return values as MPI_ERR_PENDING when this handler is chosen. In this implementation, call MPI::throw_exception() to throw the correct exception if this occurs.

MPI_SUCCESS - No error;

MPI_ERR_PENDING - Pending exception;

MPI_ERR_COMM - Invalid communicator;

MPI_ERR_COUNT - Invalid element count;

MPI_ERR_BUFFER - Invalid buffer;

MPI_ERR_TYPE - Invalid data type;

MPI_ERR_ROOT - Invalid root;

MPI_ERR_ARG - Invalid pointer;

MPI_ERR_INTERN - Out of Memory. This may be fatal.


MPI_Send (3) MPI_Recv (3) MPI_Barrier (3) MPI_Gatherv (3) MPI_Scatter (3) MPI_Alltoall (3) MPI_Reduce_scatter (3)

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