2.6.1. Deprecated Names and Functions

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A number of chapters refer to deprecated or replaced MPI-1 constructs. These are constructs that continue to be part of the MPI standard, but that users are recommended not to continue using, since MPI-2 provides better solutions. For example, the Fortran binding for MPI-1 functions that have address arguments uses INTEGER. This is not consistent with the C binding, and causes problems on machines with 32 bit INTEGERs and 64 bit addresses. In MPI-2, these functions have new names, and new bindings for the address arguments. The use of the old functions is deprecated. For consistency, here and a few other cases, new C functions are also provided, even though the new functions are equivalent to the old functions. The old names are deprecated. Another example is provided by the MPI-1 predefined datatypes MPI_UB and MPI_LB. They are deprecated, since their use is awkward and error-prone, while the MPI-2 function MPI_TYPE_CREATE_RESIZED provides a more convenient mechanism to achieve the same effect.

The following is a list of all of the deprecated constructs. Note that the constants MPI_LB and MPI_UB are replaced by the function MPI_TYPE_CREATE_RESIZED; this is because their principle use was as input datatypes to MPI_TYPE_STRUCT to create resized datatypes. Also note that some C typedefs and Fortran subroutine names are included in this list; they are the types of callback functions.

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