Practical SIMD Vectorization Techniques for Intel® Xeon Phi Coprocessors

Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops & PhD Forum(2013)

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Intel® Xeon Phi coprocessor is based on the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC) architecture, which is an innovative new processor architecture that combines abundant thread parallelism with long SIMD vector units. Efficiently exploiting SIMD vector units is one of the most important aspects in achieving high performance of the application code running on Intel® Xeon Phi coprocessors. In this paper, we present several practical SIMD vectorization techniques such as less-than-full-vector loop vectorization, Intel® MIC specific alignment optimization, and small matrix transpose/multiplication 2-D vectorization implemented in the Intel® C/C++ and Fortran production compilers for Intel® Xeon Phi coprocessors. A set of workloads from several application domains is employed to conduct the performance study of our SIMD vectorization techniques. The performance results show that we achieved up to 12.5x performance gain on the Intel® Xeon Phi coprocessor.
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