dOpenCL: Towards uniform programming of distributed heterogeneous multi-/many-core systems

Philipp Kegel, Michel Steuwer, Sergei Gorlatch

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Modern computer systems become increasingly distributed and heterogeneous by comprising multi-core CPUs, GPUs, and other accelerators. Current programming approaches for such systems usually require the application developer to use a combination of several programming models (e.g., MPI with OpenCL or CUDA) in order to exploit the system’s full performance potential. In this paper, we present dOpenCL (distributed OpenCL)—a uniform approach to programming distributed heterogeneous systems with accelerators. dOpenCL allows the user to run unmodified existing OpenCL applications in a heterogeneous distributed environment. We describe the challenges of implementing the OpenCL programming model for distributed systems, as well as its extension for running multiple applications concurrently. Using several example applications, we compare the performance of dOpenCL with MPI + OpenCL and standard OpenCL implementations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1639 - 1648
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Parallel and Distributed Computing
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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