Tapir: Embedding Recursive Fork-Join Parallelism into LLVM's Intermediate Representation
Processor-Oblivious Record and Replay
Guest Editor Introduction PPoPP 2017 Special Issue 1 of 2
The pursuit of computational efficiency has led to the proliferation of throughput-oriented hardware, from GPUs to increasingly wide vector units on commodity processors and accelerators. This hardware is designed to efficiently execute data-parallel computations in a vectorized manner. However, many algorithms are more naturally expressed as divide-and-conquer, recursive, task-parallel computations. In the absence of data parallelism, it seems that such algorithms are not well suited to throughput-oriented architectures. This paper presents a set of novel code transformations that expose the data parallelism latent in recursive, task- parallel programs. These transformations facilitate straightforward vectorization of task-parallel programs on commodity hardware. We also present scheduling policies that maintain high utilization of vector resources while limiting space usage. Across several task-parallel benchmarks, we demonstrate both efficient vector resource utilization and substantial speedup on chips using Intel's SSE4.2 vector units, as well as accelerators using Intel's AVX512 units. We then show through rigorous sampling that, in practice, our vectorization techniques are effective for a much larger class of programs.