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Conference Papers Year : 2009

Collective Optimization


Iterative compilation is an efficient approach to optimize programs on rapidly evolving hardware, but it is still only scarcely used in practice due to a necessity to gather a large number of runs often with the same data set and on the same environment in order to test many different optimizations and to select the most appropriate ones. Naturally, in many cases, users cannot afford a training phase, will run each data set once, develop new programs which are not yet known, and may regularly change the environment the programs are run on. In this article, we propose to overcome that practical obstacle using Collective Optimization, where the task of optimizing a program leverages the experience of many other users, rather than being performed in isolation, and often redundantly, by each user. Collective optimization is an unobtrusive approach, where performance information obtained after each run is sent back to a central database, which is then queried for optimizations suggestions, and the program is then recompiled accordingly. We show that it is possible to learn across data sets, programs and architectures in non-dynamic environments using static function cloning and run-time adaptation without even a reference run to compute speedups over the baseline optimization. We also show that it is possible to simultaneously learn and improve performance, since there are no longer two separate training and test phases, as in most studies.We demonstrate that extensively relying on competition among pairs of optimizations (program reaction to optimizations) provides a robust and efficient method for capturing the impact of optimizations, and for reusing this knowledge across data sets, programs and environments. We implemented our approach in GCC and will publicly disseminate it in the near future.

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inria-00445326 , version 1 (08-01-2010)



Grigori Fursin, Olivier Temam. Collective Optimization. HiPEAC 2009 - High Performance and Embedded Architectures and Compilers, Jan 2009, Paphos, Cyprus. ⟨10.1007/978-3-540-92990-1_5⟩. ⟨inria-00445326⟩
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