[ofiwg] Will the group communication (multicast) be added back to OFI API?

Liu, Xuezhao xuezhao.liu at intel.com
Sun Aug 23 20:24:07 PDT 2015


I’m new to OFI/libfabric, and is considering a way to construct collective similar communication over OFI API.
So I’m interesting about whether or not the group communication or say multicast is supported by OFI.

By initial investigation, the multicast related things were ever in OFI but be removed some days ago:

commit 04f0db37da05ba5055b1a6224b7eaba64fda1e1d

Author: Sean Hefty <sean.hefty at intel.com>

Date:   Sat Dec 27 01:11:10 2014 -0800

    fabric: Remove multicast interfaces

    Fixes #291 - somewhat.  The multicast interfaces have not

    been implemented, and their use in consideration with AVs

    is not clear.  Remove the multicast interfaces from the

    1.0 release.  They will be added back after 1.0, when we

    can get a clearer picture of how to integrate multicast

    operations into the APIs.

So my question is that is the planning of adding back the multicast APIs clear now? And any detailed materials can be found?


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