Intel® Advisor User Guide

ID 766448
Date 7/13/2023
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Issue: Host Pointer Accessor Used in a Loop

In many algorithms, it is likely that a lot of operations are performed on the device memory and some operations on the host memory. This is particularly true in simulation code where the host memory is updated using a host accessor. This causes many things to happen within the SYCL run-time where the locks the buffer the accessor points to and updates the copy of this buffer memory on the host device. This pattern of access could cause a lot of memory copies from the device to the host and back in order to keep the data coherent.

Flow Graph Analyzer reports such issues in the following way:

Click the issue to highlight the loop in the graph that consists of a host pointer accessor.

If the buffer pointed by the host pointer accessor is large, the costs incurred due to this access can be a significant portion of each loop.