Correctness Checking of MPI One-Sided Communication Using Marmot

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Abstract

The MPI-2 standard defines functions for Remote Memory Access (RMA) by allowing one process to specify all communication parameters both for the sending and the receiving side, which is also referred to as one-sided communication. Having experienced parallel programming as a complex and error-prone task, we have developed the MPI correctness checking tool MARMOT covering the MPI-1.2 standard and are now aiming at extending it to support application developers also for the more frequently used parts of MPI-2 such as one-sided communication. In this paper we describe our tool, which is designed to check the correct usage of the MPI API automatically at run-time, and we also analyse to what extent it is possible to do so for RMA.