The MPI 4.2 standardization effort primarily aims to establish an ABI for MPI libraries. Additional small topics are also being discussed.

Major changes will go into the MPI 5.0 efforts.

Note, though, that all of these efforts or new concepts are currently only being discussed or proposed and there is no guarantee that any particular one will be included in any upcoming MPI version.

Process for proposing new items for MPI 4.2

The forum encourages that new items will be brought forward through the respective working group. All working groups are listed below. The working group will the place for discussion, the creation of a preliminary proposal as well as drive the socialization of the idea in the forum once a certain level of maturity has been reached. Once the idea is mature enough, the working group will help to develop a formal proposal, which includes the proposed text as well as entry in the MPI ticket management system linked of the Wiki. Once complete and deemed ready by the working group, the proposal goes through the MPI forum voting process, which is detailed in the next section.

Link to the MPI-Forum GitHub Issue/Ticket System

Voting Rules

On June 30 2020, the MPI forum voted for version 3.3 of these voting rules (effective June 30th, 2020).

Active Working Groups

The following working groups are currently participating in the MPI 4.2 efforts. For more information on each working group, current topics, and meeting schedules, please follow the links to the respective Wiki pages.

Application Binary Interface (ABI)

  • Lead: Jeff Hammond and Quincey Koziol
  • Scope: The purpose of the MPI ABI Working Group is to discuss and implement the features required for MPI binaries - applications and libraries - to work with any implementation of MPI on compatible platforms.

Collective, Communicators, Context, Persistent, Partitioned, Groups

  • Lead: Torsten Hoefler, Andrew Lumsdaine, Anthony Skjellum
  • Scope: This working group considers cross-cutting issues of groups, context, communicators, and collective operations as well as features such as persistence, partitioning, topologies, and operational semantics (e.g., blocking, nonblocking, local, synchronizing) thereof.

Fault Tolerance

  • Leads: Aurélien Bouteiller and Ignacio Laguna
  • Scope: To define any additional support needed in the MPI standard to enable implementation of portable Fault Tolerant solutions for MPI based applications.

Hardware & Virtual Topologies

  • Lead: Guillaume Mercier
  • Scope: Address questions like how can hardware resources (I/O, cores, caches, I/O proxies, etc.) be discovered, queried upon and distributed between execution flows? Define portable primitives inside MPI to explore and take advantage of the hardware topology either at the node or the process level.

Hybrid & Accelerator

  • Lead: James Dinan
  • Scope: Ensure that MPI has the features necessary to facilitate efficient hybrid programming and investigate what changes are needed in MPI to better support traditional thread interfaces (e.g., Pthreads, OpenMP), emerging interfaces (like TBB, OpenCL, CUDA, and Ct), and PGAS (UPC, CAF, etc.).


  • Lead: Martin Ruefenacht and Tony Skjellum
  • Scope: Ensure MPI has robust support for present and future language expressions and to introduce new languages encapsulating the MPI concepts.

Remote Memory Access

  • Lead: Bill Gropp, Joseph Schuchart, and Rajeev Thakur
  • Scope: To re-examine the MPI RMA interface and consider additions and or changes needed to better support the one-sided programming model within MPI.

Semantic Terms

  • Lead: Purushotham Bangalore
  • Scope: Review and update semantic terms used throughout the MPI Standard.


  • Lead: Dan Holmes, Howard Pritchard
  • Scope: Explore alternate concepts to MPI_Init and MPI_Finalize


  • Lead: Kathryn Mohror and Marc-Andre Hermanns
  • Scope: Definition of interfaces for debugging and performance tools

Working Groups on Hold

In addition to the active working groups, several working groups exist that have been on hold.


  • Scope: To investigate a modernisation of the Fortran language bindings beyond Fortran 2008.

Generalized Requests

  • Scope: Redefine the generalized requests interface. A more flexible interface between the user defined requests and the MPI library is required in order to allow the provider of the generalized request to integrate a progress function inside the MPI library. The ultimate goal is to allow the generalized requests progress to be done without a special test or wait function.


  • Scope: Definition of API extensions for I/O operations

Point to Point Communication

  • Scope: To re-examine the MPI peer communication semantics and interface, and consider additions and/or changes needed to better support point-to-point data movement within MPI.


  • Scope: Work on definitions and specifications of operations that support higher performance forms of existing MPI operations when there is an ability to “plan once” and “amortize costs”. Current work focuses on collective operations and neighborhood collectives.

Large Counts

  • Scope: Understanding and fixing the issues associated with integer counts and displacements.

Chapter Committees

# Chapter Chair Members  
  Front Matter Bill Gropp Martin Schulz, Wes Bland  
1 Introduction Bill Gropp Martin Schulz  
2 MPI Terms and Conventions Claudia Blaas-Schenner Bill Gropp, Tony Skjellum, Puri Bangalore, Guillaume Mercier, Dan Holmes, Julien Jaeger  
3 Point to Point Communcation Dan Holmes Ken Raffenetti, Ryan Grant, Bill Gropp, Brian Smith  
4 Partitioned Communication Ryan Grant Tony Skjellum, Puri Bangalore, Dan Holmes, Matthew Dosanjh  
5 Datatypes George Bosilca Bill Gropp, Martin Ruefenacht, Dan Holmes  
6 Collective Communication Tony Skjellum  Torsten Höfler, Brian Smith, Martin Schulz, Julien Jaeger, Benson Buite  
7 Groups, Contexts, Communicators, Caching Guillaume Mercier Bill Gropp, Tony Skjellum, Pavan Balaji  
8 Process Topologies Christoph Niethammer Guillaume Mercier, Claudia Blaas-Schenner, Torsten Höfler, Tony Skjellum  
9 MPI Environmental Management George Bosilca Ken Raffenetti, Wes Bland, Thomas Naughton  
10 The Info Object Martin Schulz Ryan Grant, Guillaume Mercier, Wes Bland  
11 Process Creation and Mangement Howard Pritchard Ken Raffenetti, Dan Holmes, Martin Schulz, Thomas Naughton, Aurélien Bouteiller  
12 One-Sided Communication Bill Gropp Pavan Balaji, Joseph Schuchart, Nathan Hjelm, Artem Polyakov  
13 External Interfaces Martin Schulz  Pavan Balaji, Brian Smith, Tony Skjellum  
14 I/O Tony Skjellum Quincey Koziol, Shinji Sumimoto  
15 Tool Support Marc-Andre Hermanns Martin Schulz, Kathryn Mohror, Bill Williams  
16 Deprecated Functions Wes Bland Martin Schulz  
17 Removed Interfaces Wes Bland Martin Schulz  
18 Backward Incompatibilities Wes Bland Martin Schulz   
19 Language Bindings Puri Bangalore Tony Skjellum, Victor Eijkhout  
A Language Bindings Summary Puri Bangalore Tony Skjellum  
B Change-Log Tobias Haas Marc-André Hermanns