Thu, 30. June 2011 – 14:00

Time to get my hands dirty… As of yesterday evening, I have been picking up the things which largely I had to drop due to the whole TKP Meeting business. But this is is done now (needing to extinguish a few fires last minute), so I can concentrate on getting on with GPU programming. Having a look around I got particularly interested in CUDPP (CUDA Data Parallel Primitives), a library of data-parallel algorithm primitives such as parallel prefix-sum (”scan”), parallel sort and parallel reduction. Having some trouble though with getting everything to build and install, I had a closer look at the build system shipped with the library – as it turns out there was nothing in place which would do a proper system inspection as I have become used to… which is why I have been spending some time on writing some CMake support for the library:

  [CUDPP] Summary of configuration settings                   
 System configuration:
 .. Processor type               = i386
 .. CMake executable             = /sw/bin/cmake
 .. CMake version                =
 .. System name                  = Darwin-10.7.0
 .. C++ compiler                 = /usr/bin/c++
 .. C compiler                   = /usr/bin/gcc
 .. size(void*)                  = 8
 CUDA configuration:
 .. 64-bit device                = ON
 .. Version number               = 4.0
 .. Include directories          = /usr/local/cuda/include
 .. FFT implementation           = /usr/local/cuda/lib/libcufft.dylib
 .. BLAS implementation          = /usr/local/cuda/lib/libcublas.dylib

While this is already is getting me quite a stretch along the way, there are still some errors during linking:

[ 19%] Built target cutil
[ 22%] Building NVCC (Device) object cudpp/./cudpp_generated_rand_app.cu.o
[ 25%] Building NVCC (Device) object cudpp/./cudpp_generated_compact_app.cu.o
[ 29%] Building NVCC (Device) object cudpp/./cudpp_generated_scan_app.cu.o
[ 32%] Building NVCC (Device) object cudpp/./cudpp_generated_segmented_scan_app.cu.o
[ 35%] Building NVCC (Device) object cudpp/./cudpp_generated_spmvmult_app.cu.o
[ 38%] Building NVCC (Device) object cudpp/./cudpp_generated_radixsort_app.cu.o
[ 41%] Building NVCC (Device) object cudpp/./cudpp_generated_reduce_app.cu.o
Scanning dependencies of target cudpp
[ 45%] Building CXX object cudpp/CMakeFiles/cudpp.dir/src/cudpp.cpp.o
[ 48%] Building CXX object cudpp/CMakeFiles/cudpp.dir/src/cudpp_manager.cpp.o
[ 51%] Building CXX object cudpp/CMakeFiles/cudpp.dir/src/cudpp_maximal_launch.cpp.o
[ 54%] Building CXX object cudpp/CMakeFiles/cudpp.dir/src/cudpp_plan.cpp.o
Linking CXX static library libcudpp.a
[ 54%] Built target cudpp
Scanning dependencies of target cudpp_testrig
Linking CXX executable cudpp_testrig
ld: warning: duplicate dylib /usr/local/cuda/lib/libcuda.dylib
Undefined symbols:
  "_cutComparei", referenced from:
      ArrayComparator<int>::compare_e(int const*, int*, unsigned int, float)in test_scan.cpp.o
      ArrayComparator<unsigned int>::compare_e(unsigned int const*, unsigned int*, unsigned int, float)in test_scan.cpp.o
  "_cutResetTimer", referenced from:
      testRandMD5(int, char const**)in test_rand.cpp.o
      testSegmentedScan(int, char const**, CUDPPConfiguration const*)in test_scan.cpp.o
      testSegmentedScan(int, char const**, CUDPPConfiguration const*)in test_scan.cpp.o
      testSegmentedScan(int, char const**, CUDPPConfiguration const*)in test_scan.cpp.o

This however might in fact be something in the library itself, which I am not trying to get involved with too much; nevertheless it would be nice to have better support for getting everything configured, build and installed properly, such that I am tempted to support the project at some lower level of involvement. We’ll have to see how this plays out…