The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) are working with Codeplay Software to enhance the LLVM SYCL GPU compiler capabilities for NVIDIA A100 GPUs. The collaboration is designed to help NERSC and ALCF users, along with the HPC community in general, to produce high-performance applications that are portable across compute architectures from multiple vendors.
In this blog from University of Bristol, Tom Deakin, takes a look at the new features of SYCL 2020 and how they are being used in BabelStream. You can see the transformation at the GitHub Pull Request.
Updating BabelStream from SYCL 1.2.1 to SYCL 2020 resulted in fewer lines of code and 22% fewer characters thanks to some simplifications brought into the latest version of SYCL.
Khronos announces the ratification and public release of the SYCL 2020 final specification—the open standard for single source C++ parallel programming. A major milestone encompassing years of specification development, SYCL 2020 builds on the functionality of SYCL 1.2.1 to provide improved programmability, smaller code size and increased performance. Based on C++17, SYCL 2020 enables easier acceleration of standard C++ applications and drives a closer alignment with the ISO C++ roadmap. For more details, read the press release.
The Khronos Group announces the ratification and public release of the SYCL 2020 final specification—the open standard for single source C++ parallel programming. A major milestone encompassing years of specification development, SYCL 2020 builds on the functionality of SYCL 1.2.1 to provide improved programmability, smaller code size and increased performance. Based on C++17, SYCL 2020 enables easier acceleration of standard C++ applications and drives a closer alignment with the ISO C++ roadmap.
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory, has signed a contract with Codeplay Software to enhance the LLVM SYCL GPU compiler capabilities for NVIDIA A100 GPUs. Argeonn National Laboratory, Codeplay and NVIDIA are Khronos members.
IWOCL & SYCLcon is the premier workshop of leading academic and industrial experts to present, discuss and learn about applying OpenCL and SYCL addressing issues faced in High Performance Computing across a wide range of application domains. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute and participate in this workshop through a paper, talk, special session / tutorial, or poster. This workshop will include invited presentations from academia and industry, and a panel discussion of leading experts in the field.
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Codeplay recognized that there are few resources for safety practitioners and programmers looking at developing applications with SYCL that are required to meet functional safety requirements. This three part series of blog posts will give readers an overview of what they need to know about using SYCL in a safety-critical environment. The information is most relevant to safety practitioners working with SYCL, but equally will help to educate developers working on low-level drivers for DSPs and other processors.
Codeplay Software Ltd, pioneers in enabling acceleration technologies, announced today that software developers working on HPC and AI for embedded systems will be able to take advantage of industry defined open standards from The Khronos Group on RISC-V architectures, thanks to Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (“NEDO”) project in which NSITEXE and Kyoto Microcomputer Co., Ltd. (“KMC”) are participating.
NSITEXE and KMC have ordered an implementation of LLVM for RISC-V Vector Extension Processor (“RVV”), and also Codeplay’s ComputeAorta™ and ComputeCpp™, efficient and high performance implementations of OpenCL and SYCL open standards. In the NEDO project, as a research, NSITEXE develops OpenCL and SYCL compilers from LLVM to utilize RVV, and KMC implements vector syntax to utilize RVV efficiently based on LLVM and Clang. These research developments will contribute to RISC-V community to support open-standard technologies.
This white paper gives a high-level overview of vehicle development, followed by a deep dive in the different software development processes, languages and tools that are required for efficient development of the next generation of intelligent vehicles. This paper especially explores SYCL. Three main challenges are covered: The software development processes, the shift towards CD / CI, and the programming of future - heterogeneous systems using open standards (e.g. SYCL). To this end an overview of the automotive landscape is given, where functional safety standards are now the norm and where open standards for software are becoming the solution for the automotive industry, achieving the demands of ADAS developers and overcoming software development challenges.
Codeplay’s Charles Macfarlane, CBO, and Illya Rudkin, Safety-Critical Software Development Lead, have contributed to this white paper as part of the Autosens conference proceedings. The paper emphasizes the need for the automotive industry to embrace open standards including SYCL in order to be able to meet the needs of the next generation of vehicles. Learn more and download the paper.
Celerity is an open source project which focuses on providing a way of scaling applications to a cluster of accelerators without having to be an expert in distributed memory programming. In fact, the Celerity API does not make it apparent that a program is running on many nodes at all: There is no notion of MPI ranks or process IDs, and partitioning of work and data is taken care of transparently behind the scenes. Celerity is built on top of SYCL: The API makes it the perfect starting point that hits a sweet spot between cost and power as well as ease of use. From that base, we set out to find the minimal set of extensions required to bring the SYCL API to distributed memory clusters - thus making it relatively easy to migrate an existing SYCL application to Celerity.
In the latest episode of CppCast Codeplay VP of Research & Development Michael Wong talks about the provisional specification of SYCL 2020. The specification has now been released and Michael joined Rob and Jason to give an introduction to what SYCL is, and why the latest revision brings some great new features, as well as less verbose, simpler code.
They cover a range of other topics, from the challenges of moving MISRA, a standard used for safety critical applications such as vehicles, to use more modern C++ features like templates and dynamic memory, through to his involvement in aligning the ISO C++ standard with SYCL to support parallel programming.
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Nicole Huesman is joined by Ronan Keryell, principal software engineer at Xilinx, and Jeff Hammond, principal engineer at Intel, to hear their explanation on why open collaboration — modeled through open source and open standards — is key to solving some of today’s biggest challenges in research and industry, revealing some of the misconceptions, or least understood aspects, along the way. Then they explore the value of open languages and programming models, diving into ISO C++, Khronos Group SYCL, the amazing SYCL community, and what excites them most about the SYCL 2020 Provisional Specification.
The Khronos Group announces the ratification and public release of the SYCL 2020 Provisional Specification. SYCL is a standard C++ based heterogeneous parallel programming framework for accelerating High Performance Computing (HPC), machine learning, embedded computing, and compute-intensive desktop applications on a wide range of processor architectures, including CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and AI processors.The SYCL 2020 Provisional Specification is publicly available today to enable feedback from developers and implementers before the eventual specification finalization and release of the SYCL 2020 Adopters Program, which will enable implementers to be officially conformant—tentatively expected by the end of the year.