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Chimera: Collaborative Preemption for Multitasking on a Shared GPU

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Chimera: Collaborative Preemption for Multitasking on a Shared GPU
The demand for multitasking on graphics processing units (GPUs) is constantly increasing as they have become one of the default components on modern computer systems along with traditional processors (CPUs). Preemptive multitasking on CPUs has been primarily supported through context switching. However, the same preemption strategy incurs substantial overhead due to the large context in GPUs. The overhead comes in two dimensions: a preempting kernel suffers from a long preemption latency, and the system throughput is wasted during the switch. Without precise control over the large preemption overhead, multitasking on GPUs has little use for applications with strict latency requirements. In this paper, we propose Chimera, a collaborative preemption approach that can precisely control the overhead for multitasking on GPUs. Chimera first introduces streaming multiprocessor (SM) flushing, which can instantly preempt an SM by detecting and exploiting idempotent execution. Chimera utilize...
Jason Jong Kyu Park, Yongjun Park, Scott A. Mahlke
Added 16 Apr 2016
Updated 16 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2015
Where ASPLOS
Authors Jason Jong Kyu Park, Yongjun Park, Scott A. Mahlke
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