In Situ Power Analysis of General Purpose Graphical Processing Units

M.Z. Shaikh, M. Gregoire, W. Li, M. Wroblewski, S. Simon
Inst. of Parallel & Distrib. Syst., Univ. of Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
19th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (PDP), 2011


   title={In Situ Power Analysis of General Purpose Graphical Processing Units},

   author={Shaikh, MZ and Gregoire, M. and Li, W. and Wroblewski, M. and Simon, S.},

   booktitle={Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (PDP), 2011 19th Euromicro International Conference on},





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In this paper, an in situ power analysis profiling over time for general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPU) is presented. Based on this method the power consumption of different modes of operations like data transfer between GPU and host CPU, basic single precision floating point arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication) on the multiprocessor units and instructions for shared and global memory access can be measured. There is a factor of 2 difference in power dissipation between various instructions and mode of operations of the GPGPUs. These measurements provide data for an instruction based power estimation of GPU software. It turns out that the power profile over time also gives a good understanding on which section of the program is executed at a certain point in time. The experimental results have been derived from two GPU architectures, namely the GT200 and the GF100 architecture.
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