cudaError_t cudaMallocPitch ( void **  devPtr,
size_t *  pitch,
size_t  width,
size_t  height 

Allocates at least width (in bytes) * height bytes of linear memory on the device and returns in *devPtr a pointer to the allocated memory. The function may pad the allocation to ensure that corresponding pointers in any given row will continue to meet the alignment requirements for coalescing as the address is updated from row to row. The pitch returned in *pitch by cudaMallocPitch() is the width in bytes of the allocation. The intended usage of pitch is as a separate parameter of the allocation, used to compute addresses within the 2D array. Given the row and column of an array element of type T, the address is computed as:

    T* pElement = (T*)((char*)BaseAddress + Row * pitch) + Column;

For allocations of 2D arrays, it is recommended that programmers consider performing pitch allocations using cudaMallocPitch(). Due to pitch alignment restrictions in the hardware, this is especially true if the application will be performing 2D memory copies between different regions of device memory (whether linear memory or CUDA arrays).

devPtr - Pointer to allocated pitched device memory
pitch - Pitch for allocation
width - Requested pitched allocation width (in bytes)
height - Requested pitched allocation height
cudaSuccess, cudaErrorMemoryAllocation
Note that this function may also return error codes from previous, asynchronous launches.
See also:
cudaMalloc, cudaFree, cudaMallocArray, cudaFreeArray, cudaMallocHost (C API), cudaFreeHost, cudaMalloc3D, cudaMalloc3DArray, cudaHostAlloc

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