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Parallel probabilistic model checking on general purpose graphics processors

Dragan Bosnacki, Stefan Edelkamp, Damian Sulewski, Anton Wijs
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT), Volume 13, Number 1, 21-35, 2011

@article{bosnacki2011parallel,

   title={Parallel probabilistic model checking on general purpose graphics processors},

   author={Bo{v{s}}na{v{c}}ki, D. and Edelkamp, S. and Sulewski, D. and Wijs, A.},

   journal={International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT)},

   pages={1–15},

   year={2011},

   publisher={Springer}

}

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We present algorithms for parallel probabilistic model checking on general purpose graphic processing units (GPGPUs). Our improvements target the numerical components of the traditional sequential algorithms. In particular, we capitalize on the fact that in most of them operations like matrix-vector multiplication and solving systems of linear equations are the main complexity bottlenecks. Since linear algebraic operations can be implemented very efficiently on GPGPUs, the new parallel algorithms show considerable runtime improvements compared to their counterparts on standard architectures. We implemented our parallel algorithms on top of the probabilistic model checker PRISM. The prototype implementation was evaluated on several case studies in which we observed significant speedup over the standard CPU implementation of the tool.
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