Ana Lucia Varbanescu

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This paper presents a comprehensive performance comparison between CUDA and OpenCL. We have selected 16 benchmarks ranging from synthetic applications to real-world ones. We make an extensive analysis of the performance gaps taking into account programming models, ptimization strategies, architectural details, and underlying compilers. Our results show(More)
The Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor provides the potential to achieve an impressive level of performance for scientific applications. This level of performance can be reached by exploiting several dimensions of parallelism, such as thread-level parallelism using several synergistic processing elements, data streaming parallelism, vector parallelism in(More)
Graph-processing platforms are increasingly used in a variety of domains. Although both industry and academia are developing and tuning graph-processing algorithms and platforms, the performance of graph-processing platforms has never been explored or compared in-depth. Thus, users face the daunting challenge of selecting an appropriate platform for their(More)
Based on Intel's Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture, Intel Xeon Phi is one of the few truly many-core CPUs - featuring around 60 fairly powerful cores, two levels of caches, and graphic memory, all interconnected by a very fast ring. Given its promised ease-of-use and high performance, we took Xeon Phi out for a test drive. In this paper, we present(More)
We study and systematically evaluate a class of composable code transformations that improve arithmetic intensity in local assembly operations, which represent a significant fraction of the execution time in finite element methods. Their performance optimization is indeed a challenging issue. Even though affine loop nests are generally present, the short(More)
Multi-core platforms have proven themselves able to accelerate numerous HPC applications. But programming data-intensive applications on such platforms is a hard, and not yet solved, problem. Not only do modern processors favor compute-intensive code, they also have diverse architectures and incompatible programming models. And even after making a difficult(More)
The performance potential of the Cell/B.E., as well as its availability, have attracted a lot of attention from various high-performance computing (HPC) fields. While computation intensive kernels proved to be exceptionally well suited for running on the Cell, irregular data-intensive applications are usually considered as poor matches. In this paper, we(More)
Building an effective programming model for many-core processors is challenging. On the one hand, the increasing variety of platforms and their specific programming models force users to take a hardware-centric approach not only for implementing parallel applications, but also for designing them. This approach diminishes portability and, eventually, limits(More)
OpenCL and OpenMP are the most commonly used programming models for multi-core processors. They are also fundamentally different in their approach to parallelization. In this paper, we focus on comparing the performance of OpenCL and OpenMP. We select three applications from the Rodinia benchmark suite (which provides equivalent OpenMP and OpenCL(More)
Processing graphs, especially at large scale, is an increasingly useful activity in a variety of business, engineering, and scientific domains. Already, there are tens of graph-processing platforms, such as Hadoop, Giraph, GraphLab, etc., each with a different design and functionality. For graph-processing to continue to evolve, users have to find it easy(More)