Software ported to CUDA/GPU

Our solution

In this case, we ported software to CUDA environment (CPU+GPU) and applied a mixed precision arithmetic to optimize it. That allowed us to enforce that a part of operations was performed in a single precision (32-bits) and the remaining set in double precision (64-bits).

Results

We reduced the energy consumption of the algorithm by 33%, increased performance by the factor of 1.27x using 25% less GPUs and keeping the accuracy of the results.

Benefits for the customer

  • Software ported from traditional architectures (mainly CPU-based) to CUDA environment
  • Significantly improved performance of the software, utilizing fully the underlying hardware
  • Cost reduction as the resulting software required 25% less GPUs
    • that short term could lead to savings as less hardware was required to run the simulation (no need to upgrade everything)
    • long term, however, that enabled the customer to do more with the existing hardware
    • also the solution enabled better planning in terms of workload requirements

Details

  • A single simulation needed more than 〖10〗^13 operations. We suspected that not all of them needed a double precision arithmetic to preserve the same simulation accuracy.
  • We used an unsupervised learning to estimate the correlation between the precision of each matrix with data and their influence on criteria like energy and accuracy of results).
  • During the dynamic and short training stage we evaluated a set of operations that could be performed in a single precision without the loss in accuracy of the algorithm results.
  • Technical highlights: C++, CUDA, MPI, OpenMP
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