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GPU gather command clarification and GPU memory usage

Asked by Octavian on 2 Apr 2015
Latest activity Commented on by Octavian on 2 Apr 2015
Dear All,
1. If x is a gpuarray, and y its cpu correspondent, after the command
y=gather(x)
is x still on the GPU or is cleared (by being gathered on the cpu)?
2. Also, is there a way to see memory usage just on GPU at a certain time point, and not combined with the cpu memory usage?
3. Can x be saved on the hard drive without first being passed as y on the cpu?
Thank you,
Octavian.

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According to the sqrt(G) example in the doc, the gpuArray G still exists after the gather function, so that implies that your x above still exists as a gpuArray after the gather function.

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Answer by Edric Ellis
on 2 Apr 2015
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  1. In this case, x still exists on the GPU - in general, input arguments to functions are not modified in MATLAB (some exceptions exist where the objects are handle types).
  2. Yes, look at the AvailableMemory field of the GPUDevice object returned by the function gpuDevice. See the documentation for more about this object
  3. Yes.

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On no 3, could you confirm also that one can define a gpuArray object directly on the GPU and not occupy intermediate cpu memory during the definition? Thank you,
Octavian

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