AutoOffload.jl

Automatic GPU, TPU, FPGA, Xeon Phi, Multithreaded, Distributed, etc. offloading: our goal is to do it all as best as we can
Author SciML
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7 Stars
Updated Last
3 Months Ago
Started In
July 2019

AutoOffload.jl

AutoOffload.jl is an experimental library looking into automatic offloading of costly computations to accelerators like GPUs for user-friendly speedups. While not as efficient as an algorithm fully designed to stay on an accelerator due to the data syncing, for costly operations, like matrix multiplications and FFTs, this can give a sizable speedup. The purpose of this library is to attempt to automatically determine cutoff points for which offloading to an accelerator makes sense, and then utilize this so that all other libraries auto-GPU/TPU/distribute/etc. when appropriate.

Installation

AutoOffload.jl does not depend on the accelerator libraries. Thus in order to allow usage of an accelerator, you must have already installed it. For example, for GPU offloading, we require that you have done ]add CuArrays.

Design Goal

The goal is to have an autotune() function which runs some benchmarks to determine optimal cutoff values for your hardware configuration, and from this setup internal calls so that acclerated versions will auto-offload. The calls are all appended with accelerated, like:

  • accelerated_mul!
  • accelerated_fft
  • accelerated_ldiv!

This library is made to be automatic, using compile-time checking to enable offloads based on installed compatible packages, but not require any special dependencies. This means that a library is safe to depend on and use AutoOffload.jl for the accelerated functions without getting a dependency on the GPU/TPU/etc. libraries.

Pirate Mode

We plan to implement a pirated version, so that using AutoOffload.Pirate will replace the common *, mul!, etc. calls with the accelerated versions, which will allow auto-acceleration in libraries which have not been setup with the accelerated interface functions.