CPU+GPU

Article: Parallelism at HotPar 2010
By: Mark Christiansen (aliasundercover.delete@this.nospam.net), July 30, 2010 6:36 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
David Kanter (dkanter@realworldtech.com) on 7/29/10 wrote:

>I see the GPU as a relatively new platform, one that holds a good deal of promise
>for certain highly structured and HPC-like workloads that are free from dependencies.
>It's fundamentally different from a CPU in that it's really a bandwidth optimized
>device, and there are certain trade-offs that implies which make it unsuitable for many workloads/algorithms.
>
>Ultimately, the right balance is a combination of the CPU and GPU. ...
>
>David

This seems like sense to me.

But then I remember the parade of vector accelerators and similar coprocessor like things intended to give high performance for jobs with heavy computation needs and regular data. They all came with a nice performance advantage and they all faded away.

It seems to me they died of software. Save the tasks with the most present need and the readiest access to custom software the main stream processors beat them soon enough it just wasn't worth the development effort. Since they were all different software written for them soon lost its value.

Software on CPUs has to survive and be upgraded by multiple generations of new hardware. It isn't enough it go on working, it has to get more performance with the new. Processor compatibility from generation to generation is vital.

Will GPUs get this? Or will GPU software have a life span of 2 years at best?

It seems blindingly obvious a computation engine built for tasks like graphics with large data sets and less random control can out perform a CPU which is built to optimize control and flexibility. All that flexibility is vital to performance on most general purpose jobs but it costs dear in silicon and power. A steel I-beam is stronger than a robot arm.

How much performance can the GPU give while allowing software to go on working and go on gaining performance with new generations for 15 years? Meet that spec and give 5x performance for the same power on problems people care about and I predict GPUs move in next to the CPUs and find a lasting home.

Fail the software lifespan test and the wheel turns again with GPUs forgotton but maybe some new scheme attempted in a new decade.
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                        CPU+GPU - the software problemhobold2010/08/04 06:45 AM
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                            NVidia in a holeRohit2010/08/04 07:33 AM
                              NVidia in a holeRichard Cownie2010/08/04 07:50 AM
                                NVidia in a holeRohit2010/08/05 06:31 AM
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                                NVidia in a holeGroo2010/08/05 01:07 PM
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                                NVidia in a holeLaughabee2010/08/18 07:28 AM
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                              Can nVidia survive without a sub-$100 GPU market?Richard Cownie2010/08/04 08:42 AM
                                Can nVidia survive without a sub-$100 GPU market?Mark Roulo2010/08/04 08:55 AM
                                  Can nVidia survive without a sub-$100 GPU market?Linus Torvalds2010/08/04 10:35 AM
                                    "profit" is subjectiveRichard Cownie2010/08/04 10:49 AM
                                      "profit" is subjectivea reader2010/08/06 03:54 AM
                                        no price warRichard Cownie2010/08/06 06:18 AM
                                  Can nVidia survive without a sub-$100 GPU market?Aaron Spink2010/08/04 11:19 AM
                                  Can nVidia survive without a sub-$100 GPU market?Konrad Schwarz2010/08/06 07:13 AM
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                                  CPU lineup != GPU lineupRichard Cownie2010/08/05 07:12 AM
                                    CPU lineup != GPU lineupRohit2010/08/05 07:37 AM
                                      CPU lineup != GPU lineupRichard Cownie2010/08/05 07:56 AM
                                        CPU lineup != GPU lineupRohit2010/08/05 10:19 AM
                                          CPU lineup != GPU lineuphobold2010/08/06 03:08 AM
                                            CPU lineup != GPU lineupRohit2010/08/06 06:24 AM
                                              CPU lineup != GPU lineuphobold2010/08/06 06:41 AM
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                                    NV buying ViA could shake up thingsRichard Cownie2010/08/05 10:25 AM
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                                        Not likelyrandom2010/08/05 01:49 PM
                                          Not likelyAaron Spink2010/08/05 02:18 PM
                                        Not likelyGroo2010/08/05 09:05 PM
                                        Not likelyRohit2010/08/06 06:25 AM
                                    NV buying ViA could shake up thingsGroo2010/08/05 09:02 PM
                                    NV buying ViA could shake up thingsehud2010/08/06 12:53 AM
                                      NV buying ViA could shake up thingsRohit2010/08/06 06:30 AM
                                        NV buying ViA could shake up thingsKevin G2010/08/06 04:54 PM
                                          ViA buying NV could shake up thingsBrendan2010/08/19 05:23 AM
                                        NV buying ViA could shake up thingsGroo2010/08/06 07:24 PM
                            NVidia in a holempx2010/08/04 11:01 AM
                              NVidia in a holeRichard Cownie2010/08/04 11:31 AM
                                NVidia in a holercf2010/08/04 02:40 PM
                              NVidia in a holeRohit2010/08/05 06:51 AM
                              NVidia in a holeGroo2010/08/05 08:50 PM
                              NVidia in a holeAaron Spink2010/08/05 10:52 PM
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                            Hell noa2010/08/07 07:37 PM
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                          CPU+GPU - the software problemJouni Osmala2010/08/05 12:41 AM
                            CPU+GPU - the software problemIntelUser20002010/08/05 06:54 PM
                              CPU+GPU - the software problemJouni Osmala2010/08/05 08:36 PM
                            CPU+GPU - the software problemLinus Torvalds2010/08/06 07:08 AM
                              CPU+GPU - the software problemanonymous2010/08/06 08:39 AM
                                CPU+GPU - the software problemLinus Torvalds2010/08/06 09:56 AM
                                  non-existent Via+NV vs real OntarioRichard Cownie2010/08/06 11:12 AM
                              CPU+GPU - the software problemkoby m.2010/08/07 01:06 AM
                  CPU+GPU - the software problemhobold2010/08/03 03:48 AM
                CPU+GPU - the software problemhobold2010/08/03 03:45 AM
                  CPU+GPU - the software problemRichard Cownie2010/08/03 05:22 AM
          CPU+GPUAnon2010/07/30 08:11 PM
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            CPU+GPUAaron Spink2010/08/02 05:45 PM
          100x speedups -- here we go againAM2010/08/02 12:37 AM
            100x speedups -- here we go againanon2010/08/02 02:32 AM
              100x speedups -- here we go againanon2010/08/02 10:14 PM
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              GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPUMichael S2010/08/02 02:31 PM
                GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPUanon2010/08/02 08:36 PM
                  GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPUMichael S2010/08/02 11:41 PM
                    GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPUMark Roulo2010/08/03 07:22 AM
                      GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPURohit2010/08/04 06:08 AM
                      There is reasonable explanation...Jouni Osmala2010/08/04 09:10 PM
                  GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPUMark Roulo2010/08/03 07:19 AM
              simple reality check for youAM2010/08/03 12:45 AM
                simple reality check for younone2010/08/03 06:27 AM
                  simple reality check for youAM2010/08/03 10:50 PM
                    simple reality check for youanon2010/08/03 11:06 PM
                      simple reality check for youAM2010/08/05 02:51 AM
                        catch the same boat as everyone else next time (NT)anon2010/08/05 03:44 AM
                Simple reality checkDavid Kanter2010/08/03 07:24 AM
                  Simple reality checkGabriele Svelto2010/08/03 09:51 PM
                  Simple reality checkAM2010/08/03 10:57 PM
                    Simple reality checkanon2010/08/03 11:12 PM
                      Simple reality checkAM2010/08/05 02:59 AM
                        Simple reality checkanon2010/08/05 03:47 AM
                          Study the papers, troll (NT)AM2010/08/05 11:01 PM
                    Simple reality checkhobold2010/08/04 04:05 AM
                    Simple reality checkDean Kent2010/08/04 08:30 AM
                      Simple reality checkMark Roulo2010/08/04 08:59 AM
                      Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark RouloAM2010/08/05 02:57 AM
                        Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark Roulonone2010/08/05 03:22 AM
                          Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark RouloAM2010/08/05 11:04 PM
                        Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark Roulonone2010/08/05 03:38 AM
                          Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark Rouloanon2010/08/05 03:43 AM
                            Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark RouloAM2010/08/05 11:11 PM
                              Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark Rouloanon2010/08/06 06:52 AM
                          Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark RouloAM2010/08/05 11:10 PM
                            Suggestion for David Kanter and Mark Roulonone2010/08/06 12:35 AM
                              price doesn't matter only in theories (NT)AM2010/08/09 01:13 AM
                            Not apple4appleMichael S2010/08/06 04:13 AM
                              Not apple4appleAM2010/08/09 01:09 AM
                                Not apple4appleMichael S2010/08/09 03:35 AM
                                  Not apple4appleAM2010/08/10 12:05 AM
                                    Not apple4applenone2010/08/10 12:38 AM
                                      Back to topicAM2010/08/10 11:03 PM
                                      Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)AM2010/08/13 03:28 AM
                                        Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)none2010/08/13 08:10 AM
                                          Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)AM2010/08/16 12:14 AM
                                            Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)none2010/08/16 05:29 AM
                                              One example of 1000X shown to be wrong.sea2010/08/16 06:55 PM
                                                You're short of some factsAM2010/08/17 12:13 AM
                                                  Maybe you need to read beyond the PR statementSteve Underwood2010/08/17 01:39 AM
                                                    Maybe you need to read beyond the PR statementGroo2010/08/17 07:18 PM
                                                    check the hw they usedAM2010/08/18 02:33 AM
                                                Please realize what Monte Carlo meansVincent Diepeveen2010/08/18 02:28 AM
                                              Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)AM2010/08/17 12:18 AM
                                        Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)anon2010/08/14 12:22 AM
                                          Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)AM2010/08/16 12:15 AM
                                            Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)anon2010/08/16 01:10 PM
                                              Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)AM2010/08/17 12:15 AM
                                                Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)Michael S2010/08/17 01:58 AM
                                                  Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)AM2010/08/18 02:17 AM
                                                    Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)gallier22010/08/18 03:52 AM
                                                    Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)Michael S2010/08/18 04:33 AM
                                                      Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)Gabriele Svelto2010/08/18 05:11 AM
                                                      Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)Steve Underwood2010/08/18 03:03 PM
                                                        Intel might be moving from ISA to platformhobold2010/08/19 02:58 AM
                                                          Intel might be moving from ISA to platformSteve Underwood2010/08/22 06:00 PM
                                                            Intel might be moving from ISA to platformAnon2010/08/22 09:43 PM
                                                              Intel might be moving from ISA to platformajensen2010/08/22 11:37 PM
                                                                Intel might be moving from ISA to platformMichael S2010/08/23 01:13 AM
                                                                  Intel might be moving from ISA to platformSteve Underwood2010/08/23 01:35 AM
                                                                  Intel might be moving from ISA to platformhobold2010/08/26 03:37 AM
                                                                Intel might be moving from ISA to platformAnon2010/08/23 02:47 PM
                                                              Intel might be moving from ISA to platformSteve Underwood2010/08/23 01:25 AM
                                                                Intel might be moving from ISA to platformhobold2010/08/23 02:03 AM
                                                                  Intel might be moving from ISA to platformSteve Underwood2010/08/23 03:26 AM
                                                                Intel might be moving from ISA to platformAnon2010/08/23 02:55 PM
                                                                Intel might be moving from ISA to platformrwessel2010/08/23 05:41 PM
                                                                  Intel might be moving from ISA to platformSteve Underwood2010/08/23 06:30 PM
                                                                    Intel might be moving from ISA to platformrwessel2010/08/23 08:50 PM
                                                                      Intel might be moving from ISA to platformSteve Underwood2010/08/23 09:34 PM
                                                                        Intel might be moving from ISA to platformrwessel2010/08/24 12:03 AM
                                                              Intel might be moving from ISA to platformIan Ollmann2010/08/23 08:21 PM
                                                          Intel might be moving from ISA to platformajensen2010/08/22 09:36 PM
                                                            Intel might be moving from ISA to platformIan Ollmann2010/08/23 08:45 PM
                                                      Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)AM2010/08/19 12:29 AM
                                                        Final note (and some remarks on Intel's paper)Richard2010/08/19 03:51 AM
                                                          I stand corrected.Michael S2010/08/19 04:30 AM
                simple reality check for youanonymous2010/08/03 09:25 AM
                  simple reality check for youAM2010/08/03 10:47 PM
                    simple reality check for youanonymous2010/08/04 09:17 AM
                      simple reality check for youanon2010/08/04 07:33 PM
                      SPECint/FPAM2010/08/05 02:49 AM
                  simple reality check for youRohit2010/08/13 07:31 PM
                    simple reality check for youhobold2010/08/16 05:29 AM
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                maybe texture caches ?none2010/08/03 08:59 AM
                  maybe texture caches ?Richard Cownie2010/08/03 09:15 AM
                    maybe texture caches ?Mark Roulo2010/08/03 09:23 AM
                      maybe texture caches ?Richard Cownie2010/08/03 09:33 AM
                        maybe texture caches ?Mark Roulo2010/08/03 09:37 AM
                          the Hess paperRichard Cownie2010/08/03 10:16 AM
                    maybe texture caches ?Aaron Spink2010/08/03 12:23 PM
                      maybe texture caches ?Mark Roulo2010/08/03 03:13 PM
                        maybe texture caches ?Michael S2010/08/04 12:47 AM
                  maybe texture caches ?Michael S2010/08/03 09:23 AM
                maybe texture caches ?Mark Roulo2010/08/03 09:19 AM
                  maybe texture caches ?Richard Cownie2010/08/03 09:42 AM
                Cache to cache comparisonDavid Kanter2010/08/03 11:28 AM
                  Cache to cache comparisonRichard Cownie2010/08/03 11:52 AM
                    Cache to cache comparisonDavid Kanter2010/08/03 12:21 PM
                      Cache to cache comparisonRichard Cownie2010/08/03 02:55 PM
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                          Nehalem vs Core2Gabriele Svelto2010/08/04 09:51 PM
                            Nehalem vs Core2Richard Cownie2010/08/05 02:27 AM
                              Nehalem vs Core2Gabriele Svelto2010/08/05 05:00 AM
                                Nehalem vs Core2Richard Cownie2010/08/05 06:10 AM
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                              Nehalem vs Core2Michael S2010/08/05 09:12 AM
                          Nehalem vs Core2Michael S2010/08/04 11:36 PM
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                              Nehalem vs Core2Michael S2010/08/05 08:44 AM
                                Nehalem vs Core2Richard Cownie2010/08/05 09:03 AM
                                  Nehalem vs Core2Michael S2010/08/05 03:21 PM
                                    Nehalem vs Core2Richard Cownie2010/08/05 06:15 PM
                                      I'm wrong, you're right - i's 2 dieRichard Cownie2010/08/05 06:21 PM
                                    Nehalem vs Core2Richard Cownie2010/08/06 07:12 AM
                                      Nehalem vs Core2Michael S2010/08/06 07:33 AM
                                      Nehalem L1 cache latency a hedge for higher clock speeds?Mark Roulo2010/08/06 07:36 AM
                                        Nehalem L1 cache latency a hedge for higher clock speeds?Kevin G2010/08/07 09:14 AM
                                          Nehalem L1 cache latency a hedge for higher clock speeds?IntelUser20002010/08/07 01:32 PM
                                        Nehalem L1 cache latency a hedge for higher clock speeds?someone2010/08/07 01:35 PM
                          difference between C2D/C2Q chipsetsMichael S2010/08/04 11:57 PM
                          Nehalem core goals ... my takeMark Roulo2010/08/06 06:53 AM
                            Bulldozer single-threadRichard Cownie2010/08/06 03:05 PM
                          Nehalem vs Core2Carlie Coats2010/08/07 07:41 AM
                            scalingMichael S2010/08/07 10:12 AM
                            why X5460?Michael S2010/08/07 10:12 AM
                              why X5460?Carlie Coats2010/08/08 03:34 AM
                                why X5460?Michael S2010/08/08 03:42 AM
                                  Polling/PIO based COMM libraries?Michael S2010/08/08 04:14 AM
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                      Cache to cache comparisonRichard Cownie2010/08/04 09:08 AM
                        Cache to cache comparisonAnts Aasma2010/08/04 10:28 AM
                      Cache to cache comparisonMichael S2010/08/04 10:33 AM
                        Cache to cache comparisonMark Roulo2010/08/04 11:29 AM
                          Cache to cache comparisonAnts Aasma2010/08/04 12:10 PM
                            Fermi and G200 instruction latencyMark Roulo2010/08/04 01:10 PM
                              Fermi and G200 instruction latencyAnts Aasma2010/08/04 02:01 PM
                        Cache to cache comparisonAnts Aasma2010/08/04 12:00 PM
                        Register read comparisonDavid Kanter2010/08/05 08:16 AM
                          Register read comparisonGabriele Svelto2010/08/05 10:42 PM
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              GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPURichard2010/08/09 03:58 AM
                GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPUnone2010/08/09 04:19 AM
                  GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPUVincent Diepeveen2010/08/24 06:18 AM
                    Forget it, they won't hear itanon2010/08/24 03:37 PM
                    GPU raw H/W only has about a 10x advantage over a CPURichard2010/08/25 12:03 PM
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