Dense Symmetric Indefinite Factorization on GPU Accelerated Architectures

Marc Baboulin, Jack Dongarra, Adrien Remy, Stanimire Tomov, Ichitaro Yamazaki
Universite Paris-Sud and Inria, France
11th International Conference on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics (PPAM), 2015


   title={Dense Symmetric Indefinite Factorization on GPU Accelerated Architectures},

   author={Baboulin, Marc and Dongarra, Jack and R{‘e}my, Adrien and Tomov, Stanimire and Yamazaki, Ichitaro},



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We study the performance of dense symmetric indefinite factorizations (Bunch-Kaufman and Aasen’s algorithms) on multicore CPUs with a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Though such algorithms are needed in many scientific and engineering simulations, obtaining high performance of the factorization on the GPU is difficult because the pivoting, required to ensure the numerical stability of the factorization, leads to frequent synchronizations and irregular data accesses. As a result, until recently, there has not been any implementation of these algorithms on hybrid CPU/GPU architectures. To improve their performance on the hybrid architecture, we explore different techniques to reduce the expensive communication and synchronization between the CPU and GPU, or on the GPU. We also study the performance of an LDLT factorization with no pivoting combined with the preprocessing technique based on Random Butterfly Transformations. Though such transformations only have probabilistic results on the numerical stability, they avoid the pivoting and obtain a great performance on the GPU.
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