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import ... the following python module to use openPMD-api:

Import Description
openpmd_api Public facade import (serial and MPI)


As demonstrated in our python examples, MPI-parallel scripts must import from mpi4py import MPI prior to importing openpmd_api in order to initialize MPI first.

Otherwise, errors of the following kind will occur:

The MPI_Comm_test_inter() function was called before MPI_INIT was invoked.
This is disallowed by the MPI standard.
Your MPI job will now abort.