You’re going to have to mention C++. You can’t just pretend that C++ supports 
C11 generic, because it explicitly doesn’t. And you really should do this 
because it’s ridiculous not to use C++ polymorphism if we use C11’s.


> On Jul 31, 2019, at 6:14 AM, Jeff Squyres (jsquyres) via mpi-forum 
> <> wrote:
>> On Jul 31, 2019, at 4:31 AM, Joseph Schuchart via mpi-forum 
>> <> wrote:
>> Should we mark in the interface the fact that the MPI_Count overloads are 
>> only available in C11? I'm thinking about something similar to 
>> cppreference's distinction between C/C++ standard versions, e.g.,
>> ```
>> int MPI_Send(const void *buf, MPI_Count count, MPI_Datatype datatype, int 
>> dest, int tag, MPI_Comm comm) [>C11|C++]
>> ```
> These are exactly the kind of discussions that I'd like to have before the 
> September meeting: what is the best way to render the output to convey the 
> information in an aesthetic way?  I'm terrible at this kind of stuff.
> -----
> That being said, I would not want to mark anything as "C++", because the MPI 
> spec does not explicitly support C++ at all.  The text that will support this 
> ticket will only have an Advice to Implementors for those implementations who 
> want to continue to have an <mpi.h> that supports both C and C++.  Per 
> feedback we got in the Virtual Meeting last week, the advice is to *not* use 
> C++ polymorphism, and, instead, treat C++ as a complier that does not support 
> C11 _Generic (i.e., the MPI_Count-enabled version of MPI_Foo() will simply 
> not be available -- see Froozle).
> The rationale here is that if an implementation supports C++ polymorphism, 
> there are three options:
> 1. The standard needs to make official statements about C++, which basically 
> re-introduces formal C++ support in the MPI spec (which is a Big Deal)
> 2. PMPI-enabled tools will need to support non-standard C++ polymorphism in 
> order to guarantee that they can intercept all MPI APIs when the application 
> is written in C++
> 3. PMPI-enabled tools do not support intercepting all MPI APIs when the 
> application is written in C++
> None of those 3 options are attractive.
> -- 
> Jeff Squyres
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