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Systems with hardware accelerators speedup applications by offloading certain compute operations that can run faster on accelerators. Thus, it is not surprising that many of top500 supercomputers use accelerators. However, in addition to procurement cost, significant programming and porting effort is required to realize the potential benefit of such accelerators. Hence, before building such a system it is prudent to answer the question `what is the projected performance benefit from accelerators for workloads of interest?' We address this question by way of a performance-modeling framework, which predicts realizable application performance on accelerators speedily and accurately without going to the considerable effort of porting and tuning.
Date of Conference: 6-8 Nov. 2011