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Power and Performance Analysis of GPU-Accelerated Systems

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Executive Summary

Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) provide significant improvements in performance and performance-per-watt as compared to traditional multicore CPUs. This energy-efficiency of GPUs has facilitated the use of GPUs in many application domains. Albeit energy efficient GPUs consume non-trivial power independently of CPUs. Therefore, the authors need to analyze the power and performance characteristic of GPUs and their causal relation with CPUs in order to reduce the total energy consumption of the system while sustaining high performance. In this paper, they provide a power and performance analysis of GPU-accelerated systems for better understandings of these implications. Their analysis on a real system discloses that system energy can be reduced by 28% retaining a decrease in performance within 1% by controlling the voltage and frequency levels of GPUs.

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