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List Ranking on GPUs Sathish Vadhiyar

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List Ranking on GPUs Linked list prefix computations – computations of prefix sum on the elements contained in a linked list Irregular memory accesses – successor of each node of a linked list can be contained anywhere List ranking – special case of list prefix computations in which all the values are identity, i.e., 1.

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List ranking L is a singly linked list Each node contains two fields – a data field, and a pointer to the successor Prefix sums – updating data field with summation of values of its predecessors and itself L represented by an array X with fields X[i].prefix and X[i].succ

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Sequential Algorithm Simple and effective Two passes – Pass 1: To identify the head node – Pass 2: Traverses starting from the head, follow the successor nodes accumulating the prefix sums in the traversal order Works well in practice

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Parallel Algorithm: Prefix computations on arrays Array X partitioned into subarrays Local prefix sums of each subarray calculated in parallel Prefix sums of last elements of each subarray written to a separate array Y Prefix sums of elements in Y are calculated. Each prefix sum of Y is added to corresponding block of X Divide and conquer strategy

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Example 123456789 1,3,64,9,157,15,24 6,15,24 6,21,45 1,3,6,10,15,21,…

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Prefix computation on list The previous strategy cannot be applied here Division of array X that represents list will lead to subarrays each of which can have many submits fragments Head nodes will have to be calculated for each of them

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Parallel List Ranking (Wyllies algorithm) Involved repeated pointer jumping Successor pointer of each element is repeatedly updated so that it jumps over its successor until it reaches the end of the list As each processor traverses and updates the successor, the ranks are updated A process or thread is assigned to each element of the list

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Parallel List Ranking (Wyllies algorithm) Will lead to high synchronizations among CUDA threads, many kernel invocations

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Parallel List Ranking (Helman and JaJa) Randomly select s nodes or splitters. The head node is also a splitter Form s sublists. In each sublist, start from a splitter as the head node, and traverse till another splitter is reached. Form prefix sums in each sublist Form another list, L, consisting of only these splitters in the order they are traversed. The values in each entry of this list will be the prefix sum calculated in the respective sublists Calculate prefix sums for this list Add these sums to the values of the sublists

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Parallel List Ranking on GPUs: Steps Step 1: Compute the location of the head of the list Each of the indices between 0 and n-1, except head node, occur exactly only once in the successors. Hence head node = n(n-1)/2 – SUM_SUCC SUM_SUCC = sum of the successor values Can be done on GPUs using parallel reduction

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Parallel List Ranking on GPUs: Steps Step 2: Select s random nodes to split list into s random sublists For every subarray of X of size X/s, select random location as a splitter. Highly data parallel, can be done independent of each other

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Parallel List Ranking on GPUs: Steps Step 3: Using standard sequential algorithm, compute prefix sums of each sublist separately The most computationally demanding step s sublists allocated equally among CUDA blocks, and then allocated equally among threads in a block Each thread computes prefix sums of each of its sublists, and copy prefix value of last element of sublist i to Sublist[i]

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Parallel List Ranking on GPUs: Steps Step 4: Compute prefix sum of splitters, where the successor of a splitter is the next splitter encountered when traversing the list This list is small Hence can be done on CPU

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Parallel List Ranking on GPUs: Steps Step 5: Update values of prefix sums computed in step 3 using splitter prefix sums of step 4 This can be done using coalesced memory access

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Choosing s Large values of s increase the chance of threads dealing with equal number of nodes However, too large values result in overhead of sublist creation and aggregation

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References Fast and Scalable List Ranking on the GPU. ICS 2009. Optimization of Linked List Prefix Computations on Multithreaded GPUs Using CUDA. IPDPS 2010.

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