cudaError_t cudaMallocHost ( void **  ptr,
size_t  size 

Allocates size bytes of host memory that is page-locked and accessible to the device. The driver tracks the virtual memory ranges allocated with this function and automatically accelerates calls to functions such as cudaMemcpy*(). Since the memory can be accessed directly by the device, it can be read or written with much higher bandwidth than pageable memory obtained with functions such as malloc(). Allocating excessive amounts of memory with cudaMallocHost() may degrade system performance, since it reduces the amount of memory available to the system for paging. As a result, this function is best used sparingly to allocate staging areas for data exchange between host and device.

ptr - Pointer to allocated host memory
size - Requested allocation size in bytes
cudaSuccess, cudaErrorMemoryAllocation
Note that this function may also return error codes from previous, asynchronous launches.
See also:
cudaMalloc, cudaMallocPitch, cudaMallocArray, cudaMalloc3D, cudaMalloc3DArray, cudaHostAlloc, cudaFree, cudaFreeArray, cudaMallocHost (C++ API), cudaFreeHost, cudaHostAlloc

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