Frédéric de Mesmay, Yevgen Voronenko and Markus Püschel (Proc. International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), pp. 1-10, 2010)
Offline Library Adaptation Using Automatically Generated Heuristics
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Automatic tuning has emerged as a solution to provide high-performance libraries for fast changing, increasingly complex computer architectures. We distinguish offline adaptation (e.g., in ATLAS) that is performed during installation without the full problem description from online adaptation (e.g., in FFTW) that is performed at run-time. Offline adaptive libraries are simpler to use, but, unfortunately, writing the adaptation heuristics that power them is a daunting task. The overhead of online adaptive libraries, on the other hand, makes them unsuitable for a number of applications. In this paper, we propose to automatically generate heuristics in the form of decision trees using a statistical classifier, effectively converting an online adaptive library into an offline one. As testbed we use Spiral-generated adaptive transform libraries for current multicores with vector extensions. We show that replacing the online search with generated decision trees maintains a performance competitive with vendor libraries while allowing for a simpler interface and reduced computation overhead.

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