Data Centers Investigate

On Graphs, GPUs, and Blind Dating a Workload to Processor Matchmaking Quest

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Executive Summary

Graph processing has gained renewed attention. The increasing large scale and wealth of connected data, such as those accrued by social network applications, demand the design of new techniques and platforms to efficiently derive actionable information from large scale graphs. Hybrid systems that host processing units optimized for both fast sequential processing and bulk processing (e.g., GPU-accelerated systems) have the potential to cope with the heterogeneous structure of real graphs and enable high performance graph processing. Reaching this point, however, poses multiple challenges. The heterogeneity of the processing elements (e.g., GPUs implement a different parallel processing model than CPUs and have much less memory) and the inherent irregularity of graph workloads require careful graph partitioning and load assignment.

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