# Introduction to MPI

## Reductions - exercise 2

In the last exercise we have been computing a reduction on one process. In this one, we will use the `MPI_Allreduce`

operator to compute a reduction on all processes and use the given result.

Consider the following problem. We have a list of N points in three dimensions (so with three coordinates). We want to compute the distance of each point to the barycentre of the set. For this, we will use M processes in parallel having NM points each. The algorithm will have to proceed in four steps :

- Each process will compute the sum of all of its own points (sum avery coordinate
- The program will then call the reduction to get the sum of all the points on all processes.
- Then, the barycentre position is given by dividing this sum by the number of points
- Finally, every process will compute the distance of each point to the barycentre, and print the result on stdout.

`MPI_Allreduce`

As stated in the lesson, `MPI_Allreduce`

computes a reduction just like `MPI_Reduce`

but instead of storing the result on only one process, the result will be sent back to every process. The prototype is the following :

```
int MPI_Allreduce(void *sendbuf, void *recvbuf, int count, MPI_Datatype datatype, MPI_Op op, MPI_Comm comm);
```

As you can see, the prototype is the same as for `MPI_Reduce`

except we don't need to specify a root on which the result will be stored.

### Euclidian distance

The distance that you are asked to compute is the Euclidian distance. For those of you who don't remember this distance, here is the formula :

Where (x,y,z) are the coordinates of the current point and (bx,by,bz) are the coordinates of the barycentre.

You have all you need to do the exercise. Good luck.