Efficient heterogeneous matrix profile on a CPU + High Performance FPGA with integrated HBM

Jose Carlos Romero, Angeles Navarro, Antonio Vilches, Andrés Rodríguez, Francisco Corbera, Rafael Asenjo
Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Future Generation Computer Systems


   title={Efficient heterogeneous matrix profile on a CPU+ High Performance FPGA with integrated HBM},

   author={Romero, Jose Carlos and Navarro, Angeles and Vilches, Antonio and Rodr{‘i}guez, Andr{‘e}s and Corbera, Francisco and Asenjo, Rafael},

   journal={Future Generation Computer Systems},




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In this work, we study the problem of efficiently executing a state-of-the-art time series algorithm class – SCAMP – on a heterogeneous platform comprised of CPU + High Performance FPGA with integrated HBM (High Bandwidth Memory). The geometry of the algorithm (a triangular matrix walk) and the FPGA capabilities pose two challenges. First, several replicated IPs can be instantiated in the FPGA fabric, so load balance is an issue not only at system-level (CPU+FPGA), but also at device-level (FPGA IPs). And second, the data that each one of these IPs accesses must be carefully placed among the HBM banks in order to efficiently exploit the memory bandwidth offered by the banks while optimizing power consumption. To tackle the first challenge we propose a novel hierarchical scheduler named Fastfit, to efficiently balance the workload in the heterogeneous system while ensuring near-optimal throughput. Our scheduler consists of a two level scheduling engine: (1) the system-level scheduler, which leverages an analytical model of the FPGA pipeline IPs, to find the near-optimal FPGA chunk size that guarantees optimal FPGA throughput; and (2) a geometry-aware device-level scheduler, which is responsible for the effective partitioning of the FPGA chunk into sub-chunks assigned to each FPGA IP. To deal with the second challenge we propose a methodology based on a model of the HBM bandwidth usage that allows us to set the minimum number of active banks that ensure the maximum aggregated memory bandwidth for a given number of IPs. Through exhaustive evaluation we validate the accuracy of our models, the efficiency of our intra-device partition strategies and the performance and energy efficiency of our Fastfit heterogeneous scheduler, finding that it outperforms state-of-the-art previous schedulers by achieving up to 99.4% of ideal performance.
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