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Dynamic Configuration 

int info = pvm_addhosts( char **hosts, int nhost, int *infos)
int info = pvm_delhosts( char **hosts, int nhost, int *infos)
call pvmfaddhost( host, info )
call pvmfdelhost( host, info )

The C routines add or delete a set of hosts in the virtual machine. The Fortran routines add or delete a single host in the virtual machine. In the Fortran routine info is returned as 1 or a status code. In the C version info is returned as the number of hosts successfully added. The argument infos is an array of length nhost that contains the status code for each individual host being added or deleted. This allows the user to check whether only one of a set of hosts caused a problem rather than trying to add or delete the entire set of hosts again.

These routines are sometimes used to set up a virtual machine, but more often they are used to increase the flexibility and fault tolerance of a large application. These routines allow an application to increase the available computing power (adding hosts) if it determines the problem is getting harder to solve. One example of this would be a CAD/CAM program where, during the computation, the finite-element grid is refined, dramatically increasing the size of the problem. Another use would be to increase the fault tolerance of an application by having it detect the failure of a host and adding in a replacement .