Fault tolerance and MPI

Tony Skjellum tony at MPI-Softtech.Com
Mon Feb 5 06:49:12 PST 2001

You can see our initial paper on this subject at


It contains references to other known works in this area.


Anthony Skjellum, PhD, President (tony at mpi-softtech.com) 
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On Mon, 5 Feb 2001 Carl_Notfors at vdgc.com.sg wrote:

> Our computational model is quite simple.  We have a master node and a
> number of slave nodes.  All communication is between the master and the
> slaves, ie. no internode communication, so all communication is done with
> MPI_Send and MPI_Recv (we are using LAM/MPI).
> The problem with MPI is that there is no fault tolerance, if a slave node
> "dies" the whole process goes down.  According to the LAM documentation it
> should be possible to achieve some fault tolerance but we have as yet not
> tried this.
> Is there anyone who has got this working?  Is there fault tolerance in any
> othe MPI implementations?  Would it be better to use PVM if you want fault
> tolerance?
> Carl
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