GPU-based Parallel Computation Support for Stan

Rok Cesnovar, Steve Bronder, Davor Sluga, Jure Demsar, Tadej Ciglaric, Sean Talts, Erik Strumbelj
University of Ljubljana
arXiv:1907.01063 [cs.MS], (1 Jul 2019)


   title={GPU-based Parallel Computation Support for Stan},

   author={Cesnovar, Rok and Bronder, Steve and Sluga, Davor and Demsar, Jure and Ciglaric, Tadej and Talts, Sean and Strumbelj, Erik},






This paper details an extensible OpenCL framework that allows Stan to utilize heterogeneous compute devices. It includes GPU-optimized routines for the Cholesky decomposition, its derivative, other matrix algebra primitives and some commonly used likelihoods, with more additions planned for the near future. Stan users can now benefit from speedups offered by GPUs with little effort and without changes to their existing Stan code. We demonstrate the practical utility of our work with two examples — logistic regression and Gaussian process regression.
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