Letting XRT Allocate Buffers - 2021.2 English

Vitis Unified Software Platform Documentation: Application Acceleration Development (UG1393)

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2021.2 English

On data center platforms, it is more efficient to allocate memory aligned on 4k page boundaries. On embedded platforms it is more efficient to perform contiguous memory allocation. In either case, you can let the XRT allocate host memory when creating the buffers. This is done by using the CL_MEM_ALLOC_HOST_PTR flag when creating the buffers, and then mapping the allocated memory to user-space pointers using clEnqueueMapBuffer . With this approach, it is not necessary to create a host space pointer aligned to the 4K boundary.

The clEnqueueMapBuffer API maps the specified buffer and returns a pointer created by XRT to this mapped region. Then, fill the host side pointer with your data, followed by clEnqueueMigrateMemObject to transfer the data to and from the device. The following code example uses this style:

// Two cl_mem buffer, for read and write by kernel
cl_mem dev_mem_read_ptr = clCreateBuffer(context, CL_MEM_ALLOC_HOST_PTR | CL_MEM_READ_ONLY,
    				 sizeof(int) * number_of_words, NULL, NULL); 

cl_mem dev_mem_write_ptr = clCreateBuffer(context, CL_MEM_ALLOC_HOST_PTR | CL_MEM_WRITE_ONLY,
    				 sizeof(int) * number_of_words, NULL, NULL); 

cl::Buffer in1_buf(context, CL_MEM_ALLOC_HOST_PTR | CL_MEM_READ_ONLY,  sizeof(int) * DATA_SIZE, NULL, &err);

// Setting arguments
clSetKernelArg(kernel, 0, sizeof(cl_mem), &dev_mem_read_ptr); 
clSetKernelArg(kernel, 1, sizeof(cl_mem), &dev_mem_write_ptr); 

// Get Host side pointer of the cl_mem buffer object
auto host_write_ptr = clEnqueueMapBuffer(queue,dev_mem_read_ptr,true,CL_MAP_WRITE,0,bytes,0,nullptr,nullptr,&err);
auto host_read_ptr = clEnqueueMapBuffer(queue,dev_mem_write_ptr,true,CL_MAP_READ,0,bytes,0,nullptr,nullptr,&err);

// Fill up the host_write_ptr to send the data to the FPGA

for(int i=0; i< MAX; i++) {
    host_write_ptr[i] = <.... > 

// Migrate
cl_mem mems[2] = {host_write_ptr,host_read_ptr};

// Schedule the kernel

// Migrate data back to host
clEnqueueMigrateMemObjects(queue, 1, &dev_mem_write_ptr, 
                           CL_MIGRATE_MEM_OBJECT_HOST,1,&enqueue_event, &data_read_event);

// Now use the data from the host_read_ptr

To work with an example using clEnqueueMapBuffer, refer to Data Transfer (C) in the Vitis Examples GitHub repository.