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MPI_Scatterv(3) MPI MPI_Scatterv(3)


MPI_Scatterv - Scatters a buffer in parts to all processes in a communicator


int MPI_Scatterv(const void *sendbuf, const int sendcounts[],
const int displs[], MPI_Datatype sendtype, void *recvbuf,
int recvcount, MPI_Datatype recvtype, int root, MPI_Comm comm)

int MPI_Scatterv_c(const void *sendbuf, const MPI_Count sendcounts[],
const MPI_Aint displs[], MPI_Datatype sendtype,
void *recvbuf, MPI_Count recvcount, MPI_Datatype recvtype,
int root, MPI_Comm comm)


- address of send buffer (choice)
- non-negative integer array (of length group size) specifying the number of elements to send to each rank (non-negative integer)
- integer array (of length group size). Entry i specifies the displacement (relative to sendbuf) from which to take the outgoing data to process i (integer)
- data type of send buffer elements (handle)
- number of elements in receive buffer (non-negative integer)
- data type of receive buffer elements (handle)
- rank of sending process (integer)
- communicator (handle)


- address of receive buffer (choice)


This routine is thread-safe. This means that this routine may be safely used by multiple threads without the need for any user-provided thread locks. However, the routine is not interrupt safe. Typically, this is due to the use of memory allocation routines such as malloc or other non-MPICH runtime routines that are themselves not interrupt-safe.


All MPI routines in Fortran (except for MPI_WTIME and MPI_WTICK ) have an additional argument ierr at the end of the argument list. ierr is an integer and has the same meaning as the return value of the routine in C. In Fortran, MPI routines are subroutines, and are invoked with the call statement.

All MPI objects (e.g., MPI_Datatype , MPI_Comm ) are of type INTEGER in Fortran.


All MPI routines (except MPI_Wtime and MPI_Wtick ) return an error value; C routines as the value of the function and Fortran routines in the last argument. Before the value is returned, the current MPI error handler is called. By default, this error handler aborts the MPI job. The error handler may be changed with MPI_Comm_set_errhandler (for communicators), MPI_File_set_errhandler (for files), and MPI_Win_set_errhandler (for RMA windows). The MPI-1 routine MPI_Errhandler_set may be used but its use is deprecated. 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; however, MPI implementations will attempt to continue whenever possible.

- No error; MPI routine completed successfully.
- Invalid buffer pointer. Usually a null buffer where one is not valid.
- Invalid communicator. A common error is to use a null communicator in a call (not even allowed in MPI_Comm_rank ).
- Invalid count argument. Count arguments must be non-negative; a count of zero is often valid.
- Invalid datatype argument. Additionally, this error can occur if an uncommitted MPI_Datatype (see MPI_Type_commit ) is used in a communication call.
- Other error; use MPI_Error_string to get more information about this error code.