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Nov, 3

Power analysis of sorting algorithms on FPGA using OpenCL

With the advent of big data and cloud computing, there is tremendous interest in optimised algorithms and architectures for sorting either using software or hardware. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are being increasingly used in high end data servers providing a bridge between the flexibility of software and performance benefits of hardware. In this paper […]
Nov, 3

OpenCL Performance Prediction using Architecture-Independent Features

OpenCL is an attractive model for heterogeneous high-performance computing systems, with wide support from hardware vendors and significant performance portability. To support efficient scheduling on HPC systems it is necessary to perform accurate performance predictions for OpenCL workloads on varied compute devices, which is challenging due to diverse computation, communication and memory access characteristics which […]
Oct, 28

High Performance Computing with FPGAs and OpenCL

In this work we evaluate the potential of FPGAs for accelerating HPC workloads as a more power-efficient alternative to GPUs. Using High-Level Synthesis and a large set of optimization techniques, we show that FPGAs can achieve better performance than CPUs, and better power efficiency than both CPUs and GPUs for typical HPC workloads. Furthermore, we […]
Oct, 28

Automatic Mapping for OpenCL-Programs on CPU/GPU Heterogeneous Platforms

Heterogeneous computing systems with multiple CPUs and GPUs are increasingly popular. Today, heterogeneous platforms are deployed in many setups, ranging from low-power mobile systems to high performance computing systems. Such platforms are usually programmed using OpenCL which allows to execute the same program on different types of device. Nevertheless, programming such platforms is a challenging […]
Oct, 28

Improving OpenCL Performance by Specializing Compiler Phase Selection and Ordering

Automatic compiler phase selection/ordering has traditionally been focused on CPUs and, to a lesser extent, FPGAs. We present experiments regarding compiler phase ordering specialization of OpenCL kernels targeting a GPU. We use iterative exploration to specialize LLVM phase orders on 15 OpenCL benchmarks to an NVIDIA GPU. We analyze the generated NVIDIA PTX code for […]
Oct, 21

Exploiting Task Parallelism with OpenCL: A Case Study

While data parallelism aspects of OpenCL have been of primary interest due to the massively data parallel GPUs being on focus, OpenCL also provides powerful capabilities to describe task parallelism. In this article we study the task parallel concepts available in OpenCL and find out how well the different vendor-specific implementations can exploit task parallelism […]
Oct, 13

Resource Elastic Virtualization for FPGAs using OpenCL

FPGAs are rising in popularity for acceleration in all kinds of systems. However, even in cloud environments, FPGA devices are typically still used exclusively by one application only. To overcome this, and as an approach to manage FPGA resources with OS functionality, this paper introduces the concept of resource elastic virtualization which allows shrinking and […]
Oct, 13

Adaptive Partitioning for Iterated Sequences of Irregular OpenCL Kernels

OpenCL defines a common parallel programming language for all devices, although writing tasks adapted to the devices, managing communication and load-balancing issues are left to the programmer. We propose in this paper a static/dynamic approach for the execution of an iterated sequence of data-dependent kernels on a multi-device heterogeneous architecture. The method allows to automatically […]
Oct, 6

Live Migration for OpenCL FPGA Accelerators

FPGAs are currently being deployed at a large scale across data-centres for various applications because of their performance and power benefits. In particular, the cloud operators have started providing FPGAs as a Service. However, to completely integrate FPGAs in a data-centre environment like standard software systems, support for fault tolerance and task migration is essential. […]
Sep, 16

ZUCL: A ZYNQ UltraScale+ Framework for OpenCL HLS Applications

In this work, we are proposing the ZUCL framework for implementing and running OpenCL applications for the latest Xilinx ZYNQ UltraScale+ platform. ZUCL is a holistic framework addressing the FPGA OS infrastructure, high level synthesis (HLS) module implementation as well as the runtime management. ZUCL enables partial reconfiguration (PR) on this platform by providing an […]
Sep, 2

Performance Evaluation and Tuning of An OpenCL based Matrix Multiplier

Matrix multiplication is one of the fundamental building blocks of numerical linear algebra. It requires computer systems have huge computing capability and consumes much more power as problem size is increased. In this research, an OpenCL-based matrix multiplier is presented. When data are single precision floating-points, compared with the software simulations based on the Intel […]
Aug, 11

A Case Study in Using OpenCL on FPGAs: Creating an Open-Source Accelerator of the AutoDock Molecular Docking Software

In recent years, OpenCL has been increasingly adopted as it enables software programmers to harness the performance and power efficiency of FPGAs. Despite simplifying the FPGA programming challenge, achieving high performance and energy efficiency with OpenCL is still a difficult task. In order to further contribute to the advance of the OpenCL usage for FPGAs, […]

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