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GPU Parallelization of a Hybrid Pseudospectral Geophysical Turbulence Framework Using CUDA

Abstract

An existing hybrid MPI-OpenMP scheme is augmented with a CUDA-based fine grain parallelization approach for multidimensional distributed Fourier transforms, in a well-characterized pseudospectral fluid turbulence code. Basics of the hybrid scheme are reviewed, and heuristics provided to show a potential benefit of the CUDA implementation. The method draws heavily on the CUDA runtime library to handle memory management and on the cuFFT library for computing local FFTs. The manner in which the interfaces to these libraries are constructed, and ISO bindings utilized to facilitate platform portability, are discussed. CUDA streams are implemented to overlap data transfer with cuFFT computation. Testing with a baseline solver demonstrated significant aggregate speed-up over the hybrid MPI-OpenMP solver by offloading to GPUs on an NVLink-based test system. While the batch streamed approach provided little benefit with NVLink, we saw a performance gain of 30% when tuned for the optimal number of streams on a PCIe-based system. It was found that strong GPU scaling is nearly ideal, in all cases. Profiling of the CUDA kernels shows that the transform computation achieves 15% of the attainable peak FlOp-rate based on a roofline model for the system. In addition to speed-up measurements for the fiducial solver, we also considered several other solvers with different numbers of transform operations and found that aggregate speed-ups are nearly constant for all solvers

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