New books on MPI

From: Jud Wolfskill 
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 14:14:07 -0400
Subject: Two New Books, Using MPI and Using MPI-2
The following are books which readers of this list might find of interest. For more information please visit

The Message Passing Interface (MPI) specification is widely used for solving significant scientific and engineering problems on parallel computers. There exist more than a dozen implementations on computer platforms ranging from IBM SP-2 supercomputers to clusters of PCs running Windows NT or Linux ("Beowulf" machines). The initial MPI Standard document, MPI-1, was recently updated by the MPI Forum. The new version, MPI-2, contains both significant enhancements to the existing MPI core and new features.

Using MPI is a completely up-to-date version of the authors' 1994 introduction to the core functions of MPI. It adds material on the new C++ and Fortran 90 bindings for MPI throughout the book. It contains greater discussion of datatype extents, the most frequently misunderstood feature of MPI-1, as well as material on the new extensions to basic MPI functionality added by the MPI-2 Forum in the area of MPI datatypes and collective operations.

Using MPI-2 covers the new extensions to basic MPI. These include parallel I/O, remote memory access operations, and dynamic process management. The volume also includes material on tuning MPI applications for high performance on modern MPI implementations.

William Gropp and Ewing Lusk are Senior Computer Scientists in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Anthony Skjellum is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the High Performance Computing Laboratory at Mississippi State University. Rajeev Thakur is an Assistant Computer Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory.