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SCHEDULE: NOV 15-20, 2015

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Optimizing CUDA Shared Memory Usage

SESSION: Regular & ACM Student Research Competition Poster Reception

EVENT TYPE: Posters, Receptions, ACM Student Research Competition

EVENT TAG(S): HPC Beginner Friendly, Regular Poster

TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

SESSION CHAIR(S): Michela Becchi, Manish Parashar, Dorian C. Arnold

AUTHOR(S):Shuang Gao, Gregory D. Peterson

ROOM:Level 4 - Lobby


CUDA shared memory is fast, on-chip storage. However, the bank conflict issue could cause a performance bottleneck. Current NVIDIA Tesla GPUs support memory bank accesses with configurable bit-widths. While this feature provides an efficient bank mapping scheme for 32-bit and 64-bit data types, it becomes trickier to solve the bank conflict problem through manual code tuning. This paper presents a framework for automatic bank conflict analysis and optimization. Given static array access information, we calculate the conflict degree, and then provide optimized data access patterns. Basically, by searching among different combinations of inter- and intra- array padding, along with bank access bit-width configurations, we can efficiently reduce or eliminate bank conflicts. From RODINIA and the CUDA SDK we selected 13 kernels with bottlenecks due to shared memory bank conflicts. After using our approach, these benchmarks achieve 5%-35% improvement in runtime.

Chair/Author Details:

Michela Becchi, Manish Parashar, Dorian C. Arnold (Chair) - University of Missouri|Rutgers University|University of New Mexico|

Shuang Gao - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Gregory D. Peterson - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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