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MPI_Win_lock_all - Starts an RMA access epoch locking access to

all processes in the window


C Syntax

#include <mpi.h>
int MPI_Win_lock_all(int assert, MPI_Win win)

Fortran Syntax

INCLUDE ’mpif.h’

Input Parameters

Program assertion (integer).
Window object (handle).

Output Parameter

Fortran only: Error status (integer).


Starts an RMA access epoch to all processes in win, with a lock type of MPI_LOCK_SHARED. During the epoch, the calling process can access the window memory on all processes in win by using RMA operations. A window locked with MPI_Win_lock_all must be unlocked with MPI_Win_unlock_all. This routine is not collective — the ALL refers to a lock on all members of the group of the window.

Locks are used to protect accesses to the locked target window effected by RMA calls issued between the lock and unlock call, and to protect local load/store accesses to a locked local window executed between the lock and unlock call. Accesses that are protected by an exclusive lock will not be concurrent at the window site with other accesses to the same window that are lock protected. Accesses that are protected by a shared lock will not be concurrent at the window site with accesses protected by an exclusive lock to the same window.

The assert argument is used to provide assertions on the context of the call that may be used for various optimizations. (See Section 6.4.4 of the MPI-2 Standard.) A value of assert = 0 is always valid.


In a client/server environment in which clients connect to a server and create windows that span both the client and the server, if a client or server that has obtained a lock on such a window and then terminates abnormally, the server or other clients may hang in a MPI_Win_lock_all call, failing to notice that the peer MPI job has terminated.


Almost all MPI routines return an error value; C routines as the value of the function and Fortran routines in the last argument.

Before the error value is returned, the current MPI error handler is called. By default, this error handler aborts the MPI job, except for I/O function errors. The error handler may be changed with MPI_Comm_set_errhandler; the predefined error handler MPI_ERRORS_RETURN may be used to cause error values to be returned. Note that MPI does not guarantee that an MPI program can continue past an error.

See Also

MPI_Win_unlock_all MPI_Win_lock

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