Explanation of clCreateBuffer Options

Discussion created by notyou on Nov 24, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 24, 2011 by notyou

To begin, I understand that the flags CL_MEM_READ_WRITE, CL_MEM_WRITE_ONLY and CL_MEM_READ_ONLY create a buffer on the device itself and (if I choose) have the ability to copy host memory contents to the buffer on the device.


What I need some clarification/reassurance on is the use of the following 3 options.


1. CL_MEM_USE_HOST_PTR - as I understand this, the device will not create a buffer in its own memory and instead all memory accesses are performed via system memory (for which there must be a buffer already in use) (for the GPU, this would involve writing over PCIe to system memory, which I understand will be slow). Is this correct?

2. CL_MEM_ALLOC_HOST_PTR - this should create a buffer in main memory for the device to access (similar to 1?), but doesn't require a host pointer. Again, is my understanding correct? Why would we use this?

3. CL_MEM_COPY_HOST_PTR - creates a buffer on the device and copies the data from main memory into the device's memory. Why would we use this?

If you could shed some light on this it would be much appreciated. Also, if you could provide an example of the use of these 3 and why we would choose one over the other, that would be particularly helpful. Thanks.