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Performance Analysis of GPU-Accelerated Filter-Based Source Finding for HI Spectral Line Image Data

Stefan Westerlund, Christopher Harris
ICRAR/The University of Western Australia, M468 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009
arXiv:1507.04941 [astro-ph.IM], (17 Jul 2015)

@article{westerlund2015performance,

   title={Performance Analysis of GPU-Accelerated Filter-Based Source Finding for HI Spectral Line Image Data},

   author={Westerlund, Stefan and Harris, Christopher},

   year={2015},

   month={jul},

   archivePrefix={"arXiv"},

   primaryClass={astro-ph.IM},

   doi={10.1007/s10686-015-9445-2}

}

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Searching for sources of electromagnetic emission in spectral-line radio astronomy interferometric data is a computationally intensive process. Parallel programming techniques and High Performance Computing hardware may be used to improve the computational performance of a source finding program. However, it is desirable to further reduce the processing time of source finding in order to decrease the computational resources required for the task. GPU acceleration is a method that may achieve significant increases in performance for some source finding algorithms, particularly for filtering image data. This work considers the application of GPU acceleration to the task of source finding and the techniques used to achieve the best performance, such as memory management. We also examine the changes in performance, where the algorithms that were GPU accelerated achieved a speedup of around 3.2 times the 12 core per node CPU-only performance, while the program as a whole experienced a speedup of 2.0 times.
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