Skeleton-Based Automatic Parallelization of Image Processing Algorithms for GPUs

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Provided by: Eindhoven University of Technology
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are becoming increasingly important in high performance computing. To maintain high quality solutions, programmers have to efficiently parallelize and map their algorithms. This task is far from trivial, leading to the necessity to automate this process. In this paper, the authors present a technique to automatically parallelize and map sequential code on a GPU, without the need for code-annotations. This technique is based on skeletonization and is targeted at image processing algorithms. Skeletonization separates the structure of a parallel computation from the algorithm's functionality, enabling efficient implementations without requiring architecture knowledge from the programmer.
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