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BARRIER(3PVM)			PVM Version 3.4			 BARRIER(3PVM)

NAME
       pvm_barrier - Blocks the	calling	process	until all processes in a group
       have called it.

SYNOPSIS
       C    int	info = pvm_barrier( char *group, int count )

       Fortran	 call pvmfbarrier( group, count, info )

PARAMETERS
       group   Character string	group name. The	group must exist and the call-
	       ing process must	be a member of the group.

       count   Integer	specifying  the	number of group	members	that must call
	       pvm_barrier before they are all released. Though	not  required,
	       count  is  expected  to	be  the	total number of	members	of the
	       specified group.

       info    Integer status code returned by the routine.  Values less  than
	       zero indicate an	error.

DESCRIPTION
       The  routine pvm_barrier	blocks the calling process until count members
       of the group have called	pvm_barrier.  The count	argument  is  required
       because	processes  could  be  joining the given	group after other pro-
       cesses have called pvm_barrier. Thus PVM	doesn't	know  how  many	 group
       members	to  wait  for  at any given instant. Although count can	be set
       less, it	is typically the total number of members of the	group.	So the
       logical function	of the pvm_barrier call	is to provide a	group synchro-
       nization.  During any given barrier call	all participating  group  mem-
       bers must call barrier with the same count value.  Once a given barrier
       has been	successfully passed, pvm_barrier can be	called	again  by  the
       same group using	the same group name.

       If pvm_barrier is successful, info will be 0. If	some error occurs then
       info will be < 0.

EXAMPLES
       C:
	    inum = pvm_joingroup( "worker" );
		    .
		    .
	    info = pvm_barrier(	"worker", 5 );

       Fortran:
	    CALL PVMFJOINGROUP(	"shakers", INUM	)
	    COUNT = 10
	    CALL PVMFBARRIER( "shakers", COUNT,	INFO )

ERRORS
       These error conditions can be returned by pvm_barrier

       PvmSysErr
	      pvmd was not started or has crashed.

       PvmBadParam
	      giving a count < 1.

       PvmNoGroup
	      giving a non-existent group name.

       PvmNotInGroup
	      calling process is not in	specified group.

SEE ALSO
       pvm_joingroup(3PVM)

				30 August, 1993			 BARRIER(3PVM)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | PARAMETERS | DESCRIPTION | EXAMPLES | ERRORS | SEE ALSO

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