[Intel-gfx] CUDA port for intel graphics
Gregory.Diamos at gatech.edu
Wed Jun 23 00:14:39 PDT 2010
My name is Gregory Diamos. I am a PhD student at the Georgia Institute
of Technology currently working on compiler backends for performing
general purpose computation on GPU architectures. My research group at
Georgia Tech (CASL) group develops and maintains the Ocelot backend
compiler for CUDA (http://code.google.com/p/gpuocelot/). We are
currently trying to perform architecture characterizations between
different SIMD and multicore architectures and already have a detailed
simulation and compilation infrastructure built around CUDA for NVIDIA
GPUs, AMD GPUs, and Intel/AMD CPUs. We are particularly interested in
evaluating the Intel GPU architecture due to the tight integration
between the CPU and GPU in GMA3150 and in the roadmaps for Sandybridge
After looking over the documentation in the programming guide, it seems
like there is enough information of the ISA and buffer commands to do a
backend for CUDA by generating an Intel binary for each CUDA program,
and using buffer commands to setup memory, load the binary, and execute
I would appreciate it if people who have worked with the open source
linux driver could provide the following information so that I can gauge
the feasibility and level of effort of this project.
1. Is there an interface for writing directly to the GPU ring buffer
that is exposed by the driver? If not, would it be straightforward to
add such an interface?
2. Are there any restrictions (security, DRM, etc) for loading/executing
binaries on the media pipeline?
3. How modular is the driver? Is there an interface for user-level
applications to issue hardware commands in a way that is isolated and
time-shared with commands from the graphics driver? If not, would it be
straightforward to modify the driver to disable the graphics components
of the driver and retain only an interface for passing commands to the
4. How is memory sharing between the CPU and GPU handled? Is it possible
to map memory from the CPU's address space into the GPU's address space?
Sorry if this is already documented somewhere, I might have missed it.
I appreciate any help that you can offer.
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