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GPU performance analysis of a nodal discontinuous Galerkin method for acoustic and elastic models

Axel Modave, Amik St-Cyr, Tim Warburton
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
arXiv:1602.07997 [physics.comp-ph], (25 Feb 2016)
@article{modave2016performance,

   title={GPU performance analysis of a nodal discontinuous Galerkin method for acoustic and elastic models},

   author={Modave, Axel and St-Cyr, Amik and Warburton, Tim},

   year={2016},

   month={feb},

   archivePrefix={"arXiv"},

   primaryClass={physics.comp-ph}

}

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Finite element schemes based on discontinuous Galerkin methods possess features amenable to massively parallel computing accelerated with general purpose graphics processing units (GPUs). However, the computational performance of such schemes strongly depends on their implementation. In the past, several implementation strategies have been proposed. They are based exclusively on specialized compute kernels tuned for each operation, or they can leverage BLAS libraries that provide optimized routines for basic linear algebra operations. In this paper, we present and analyze up-to-date performance results for different implementations, tested in a unified framework on a single NVIDIA GTX980 GPU. We show that specialized kernels written with a one-node-per-thread strategy are competitive for polynomial bases up to the fifth and seventh degrees for acoustic and elastic models, respectively. For higher degrees, a strategy that makes use of the NVIDIA cuBLAS library provides better results, able to reach a net arithmetic throughput 35.7% of the theoretical peak value.
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