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Where Is the Data? Why You Cannot Debate CPU Vs. GPU Performance Without the Answer

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Executive Summary

General Purpose GPU Computing (GPGPU) has taken off in the past few years, with great promises for increased desktop processing power due to the large number of fast computing cores on high-end graphics cards. Many publications have demonstrated phenomenal performance and have reported speedups as much as 1000x over code running on multi-core CPUs. Other studies have claimed that well-tuned CPU code reduces the performance gap significantly. The authors demonstrate that this important discussion is missing a key aspect, specifically the question of where in the system data resides, and the overhead to move the data to where it will be used, and back again if necessary.

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