Optimal automatic multi-pass shader partitioning by dynamic programming

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Optimal automatic multi-pass shader partitioning by dynamic programming
Complex shaders must be partitioned into multiple passes to execute on GPUs with limited hardware resources. Automatic partitioning gives rise to an NP-hard scheduling problem that can be solved by any number of established techniques. One such technique, Dynamic Programming (DP), is commonly used for instruction scheduling and register allocation in the code generation phase of compilers. Since automatic partitioning occurs during the shader compilation process it is natural to ask whether DP is useful for shader partitioning as well as for code generation. This paper demonstrates that these problems are Markovian and can be solved by DP techniques. It presents a DP algorithm for shader partitioning that can be adapted for use with any GPU architecture. Unlike solutions produced by other techniques DP solutions are globally optimal. Experimental results on a set of test cases with a commercial prerelease compiler for a popular high level shading language showed a DP algorithm
Alan Heirich
Added 27 Jun 2010
Updated 27 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2005
Where EGH
Authors Alan Heirich
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