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HongTu Nguyen

How to fix error : unrecognized token in Cuda code with nvcc compiler

Asked by HongTu Nguyen
on 25 Jul 2013

I wrote this simple code Cuda in Notepad, which I followed in example:

_global_ void add1( double * pi, double c ) { *pi += c; }

>>then I run it on command line in the current directory: nvcc I received error with a lot of line "error : unrecognized token"

I don't know what is it and how to fix it. Please help me! I use Cuda 5.0, GPU 720M with Cuda-capable 2.0 Thanks!


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Answer by Ben Tordoff
on 26 Jul 2013
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There are two problems with what you have attempted, one just a typo and the solution to the other will depend on what you are trying to do. First the typo: you are missing an underscore from each side of the global decorator - they should be double underscores:

__global__ void add1(double * pi, double c) 
  *pi += c; 

Now the more important question: what are you trying to achieve? If you are trying to create a PTX file for use with parallel.gpu.CUDAKernel then you need to compile to PTX:

$ nvcc -ptx -arch=sm_20 <filename>.cu

which will procude <filename>.ptx. If you are trying to make a standalone executable then you need to also define a main function as you would for any C++ program.


Can you post what the code now looks like, the new command you used to compile it and what the error was?

Here is my code (I wrote it following the instruction of website:

__global__ void add1( double * pi, double c ) 
    *pi += c;

I saved it in notepad named: Then I compiled it in command line, with command:

>>nvcc -ptx

or I try to use your command:

>>nvcc -ptx -arch=sm_20

It has the same error, and the error shows the same picture I've posted.

I do what's wrong? Please help me.


Oh...I'm sorry...I'm so silly...

I've created the new notepad file and wrote it again myself.

And it's ok!

I think the old file I copy from website, so it had something wrong :(

Many thanks for your help!

Then...I have question:

**The command: nvcc -ptx -arch=sm_20 <>

What "-arch=sm_20" mean?

**And when I compile by command: nvcc -ptx <> (not -arch=sm_20), it still creates test.ptx file.

>>so what is difference?

**And then, when I compile by command: nvcc <>, it has error look like:

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