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An Overview of Hawk: A Hardware-Tailored Code Generator for the Heterogeneous Many Core Age
Citation key BreßFZRM2019
Author Sebastian Breß, Henning Funke, Steffen Zeuch, Tilmann Rabl, Volker Markl
Year 2019
DOI doi:10.18420/btw2019-ws-07
Journal Tagungsband Datenbanksysteme für Business, Technologie und Web (BTW 2019), DBIS.
Volume LNI 290
Abstract Processor manufacturers build increasingly specialized processors to mitigate the effects of the power wall in order to deliver improved performance. Currently, database engines have to be manually optimized for each processor which is a costly and error prone process. In this paper, we provide a summary of our recent VLDB Journal publication, where we propose concepts to adapt to performance enhancements of modern processors and to exploit their capabilities automatically. Our key idea is to create processor-specific code variants and to learn a well-performing code variant for each processor. These code variants leverage various parallelization strategies and apply both generic and processor-specific code transformations. We observe that performance of code variants may diverge up to two orders of magnitude. Thus, we need to generate custom code for each processor for peak performance. Hawk automatically finds efficient code variants for CPUs, GPUs, and MICs.
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