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A Sparse Matrix Personality for the Convey HC-1

Krishna K. Nagar, Jason D. Bakos
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC USA
IEEE 19th Annual International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), 2011

@article{nagarsparse,

   title={A Sparse Matrix Personality for the Convey HC-1},

   author={Nagar, K.K. and Bakos, J.D.},

   booktitle={IEEE 19th Annual International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), 2011},

   year={2011}

}

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In this paper we describe a double precision floating point sparse matrix-vector multiplier (SpMV) and its performance as implemented on a Convey HC-1 reconfigurable computer. The primary contributions of this work are a novel streaming reduction architecture for floating point accumulation, a novel on-chip cache optimized for streaming compressed sparse row (CSR) matrices, and end-to-end integration with the HC-1’s system, programming model, and runtime environment. The design is composed of 32 parallel processing elements, each connected to the HC-1’s coprocessor memory and each containing a streaming multiply-accumulator and local vector cache. When used on the HC-1, each PE has a peak throughput of 300 double precision MFLOP/s, giving a total peak throughput of 9.6 GFLOPS/s. For our test matrices, we demonstrate up to 40% of the peak performance and compare these results with results obtained using the CUSparse library on an NVIDIA Tesla S1070 GPU. In most cases our implementation exceeds the performance of the GPU.
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