Use of cudamalloc(). Why the double pointer?

All CUDA API functions return an error code (or cudaSuccess if no error occured). All other parameters are passed by reference. However, in plain C you cannot have references, that’s why you have to pass an address of the variable that you want the return information to be stored. Since you are returning a pointer, you need to pass a double-pointer.

Another well-known function which operates on addresses for the same reason is the scanf function. How many times have you forgotten to write this & before the variable that you want to store the value to? 😉

int i;

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