TitleIncreasing GPU Throughput using Kernel Interleaved Thread Block Scheduling
Publication TypeConference Papers
2013
AuthorsM. Awatramani, J. Zambreno and D. Rover
Conference NameProceedings of the International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD)
Date PublishedOctober

The number of active threads required to achieve peak application throughput on graphics processing units (GPUs) depends largely on the ratio of time spent on computation to the time spent accessing data from memory. While compute-intensive applications can achieve peak throughput with a low number of threads, memory-intensive applications might not achieve good throughput even at the maximum supported thread count. In this paper, we study the effects of scheduling work from multiple applications on the same GPU core. We claim that interleaving workload from different applications on a GPU core can improve the utilization of computational units and reduce the load on memory subsystem. Experiments on 17 application pairs from the Rodinia benchmark suite show that overall throughput increases by 7% on average.

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