Using Advanced MPI: Modern Features of the Message-Passing Interface

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I just received my copy of the newly published  Using Advanced MPI: Modern Features of the Message-Passing Interface. Written by William Gropp, Torsten Hoefler, Ewing Lusk, and Rajeev Thakur, the book offers a practical guide to the advanced features of the MPI (Message-Passing Interface) standard library for writing programs for parallel computers. It also covers new features added in MPI-3, the latest version of the MPI standard, and updates from MPI-2.

These authors are experts in MPI, but more importantly, they are experts at teaching MPI. If you want to master MPI, there no better guides than this book and its companion. – Rob Ross, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, (Argonne National Laboratory.

Like its companion volume, Using MPI, this new book takes an informal, example-driven, tutorial approach. The material in each chapter is organized according to the complexity of the programs used as examples, starting with the simplest example and moving to more complex ones.

Using Advanced MPI covers major changes in MPI-3, including changes to remote memory access and one-sided communication that simplify semantics and enable better performance on modern hardware; new features such as nonblocking and neighborhood collectives for greater scalability on large systems; and minor updates to parallel I/O and dynamic processes. It also covers support for hybrid shared-memory/message-passing programming; MPI_Message, which aids in certain types of multithreaded programming; features that handle very large data; an interface that allows the programmer and the developer to access performance data; and a new binding of MPI to Fortran.

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  1. I see that you found in Rob Ross someone without any personal or professional connection to the authors who could never be accused of bias 🙂

    In all seriousness, this is a great book (I read it thoroughly enough to win the prize for first errata reported), although I too can be accused of rather severe bias 🙂

  2. Feel free to nudge us for future reviews of books dealing in #highendcompute or in #greenerCompute