Using Extended Memory on the 66AK2x deviceΒΆ

An extended memory feature is supported on the 66AK2H implementation of OpenCL. The C66x DSP is a 32-bit architecture and has a limit of 2GB of DDR that it can access at any given time. The 66AK2H platforms can support up to 8GB of DDR3. To enable usage of DDRs greater than 2GB, this OpenCL implementation can use a hardware mapping feature to move windows over the 8GB DDR into the 32-bit DSP address space. Movement of these windows will occur at kernel start boundaries so two sequential kernels dispatched to the DSP device may actually operate on different 2GB areas within the 8GB DDR. The windows are not moved within a kernel. As a result of this feature, large buffers may be created and subsequently populated on the ARM side. However, a dispatched kernel may not access the entire buffer in one dispatch. Any given OpenCL Kernel will be limited to a total of 2GB of DDR access. The vecadd_mpax example illustrates a process of defining a large buffer and then defining sub-buffers within the larger buffer and dispatching multiple OpenCL kernels to the DSP on these sub-buffers, cumulatively resulting in the entire large buffer being processed. Also see Large OpenCL buffers and Memory Beyond the 32-bit DSP Address Space