Correctly Treating Synchronizations in Compiling Fine-Grained SPMD-Threaded Programs for CPU

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Executive Summary

Automatic compilation for multiple types of devices is important, especially given the current trends towards heterogeneous computing. This paper concentrates on some issues in compiling fine-grained SPMD-threaded code (e.g., GPU CUDA code) for multicore CPUs. It points out some correctness pitfalls in existing techniques, particularly in their treatment to implicit synchronizations. It then describes a systematic dependence analysis specially designed for handling implicit synchronizations in SPMD-threaded programs. By unveiling the relations between inter-thread data dependences and correct treatment to synchronizations, it presents a dependence-based solution to the problem.

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