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Defined in header <cuda/pipeline>:

template <cuda::thread_scope Scope>
class cuda::pipeline {
  pipeline() = delete;

  __host__ __device__ ~pipeline();

  pipeline& operator=(pipeline const&) = delete;

  __host__ __device__ void producer_acquire();

  __host__ __device__ void producer_commit();

  __host__ __device__ void consumer_wait();

  template <typename Rep, typename Period>
  __host__ __device__ bool consumer_wait_for(
    cuda::std::chrono::duration<Rep, Period> const& duration);

  template <typename Clock, typename Duration>
  __host__ __device__
  bool consumer_wait_until(
    cuda::std::chrono::time_point<Clock, Duration> const& time_point);

  __host__ __device__ void consumer_release();

  __host__ __device__ bool quit();

The class template cuda::pipeline provides a coordination mechanism which can sequence asynchronous operations, such as cuda::memcpy_async, into stages.

A thread interacts with a pipeline stage using the following pattern:

  1. Acquire the pipeline stage.
  2. Commit some operations to the stage.
  3. Wait for the previously committed operations to complete.
  4. Release the pipeline stage.

For cuda::thread_scopes other than cuda::thread_scope_thread, a cuda::pipeline_shared_state is required to coordinate the participating threads.

Pipelines can be either unified or partitioned. In a unified pipeline, all the participating threads are both producers and consumers. In a partitioned pipeline, each participating thread is either a producer or a consumer.

Template Parameters

Scope The scope of threads participating in the pipeline.

Member Functions

(constructor) [deleted] cuda::pipeline is not constructible.
(destructor) Destroys the cuda::pipeline.
operator= [deleted] cuda::pipeline is not assignable.
producer_acquire Blocks the current thread until the next pipeline stage is available.
producer_commit Commits operations previously issued by the current thread to the current pipeline stage.
consumer_wait Blocks the current thread until all operations committed to the current pipeline stage complete.
consumer_wait_for Blocks the current thread until all operations committed to the current pipeline stage complete or after the specified timeout duration.
consumer_wait_until Blocks the current thread until all operations committed to the current pipeline stage complete or until specified time point has been reached.
consumer_release Release the current pipeline stage.
quit Quits current thread’s participation in the pipeline.


A thread role cannot change during the lifetime of the pipeline object.


#include <cuda/pipeline>
#include <cooperative_groups.h>

// Disables `pipeline_shared_state` initialization warning.
#pragma diag_suppress static_var_with_dynamic_init

template <typename T>
__device__ void compute(T* ptr);

template <typename T>
__global__ void example_kernel(T* global0, T* global1, cuda::std::size_t subset_count) {
  extern __shared__ T s[];
  auto group = cooperative_groups::this_thread_block();
  T* shared[2] = { s, s + 2 * group.size() };

  // Create a pipeline.
  constexpr auto scope = cuda::thread_scope_block;
  constexpr auto stages_count = 2;
  __shared__ cuda::pipeline_shared_state<scope, stages_count> shared_state;
  auto pipeline = cuda::make_pipeline(group, &shared_state);

  // Prime the pipeline.
  cuda::memcpy_async(group, shared[0],
                     &global0[0], sizeof(T) * group.size(), pipeline);
  cuda::memcpy_async(group, shared[0] + group.size(),
                     &global2[0], sizeof(T) * group.size(), pipeline);

  // Pipelined copy/compute.
  for (cuda::std::size_t subset = 1; subset < subset_count; ++subset) {
    cuda::memcpy_async(group, shared[subset % 2],
                       &global0[subset * group.size()],
                       sizeof(T) * group.size(), pipeline);
    cuda::memcpy_async(group, shared[subset % 2] + group.size(),
                       &global1[subset * group.size()],
                       sizeof(T) * group.size(), pipeline);
    compute(shared[(subset - 1) % 2]);

  // Drain the pipeline.
  compute(shared[(subset_count - 1) % 2]);

template void __global__ example_kernel<int>(int*, int*, cuda::std::size_t);

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