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AMD architectures

My own conclusions are:

  • TeraScale has VLIW design.
  • GCN has 16 wide SIMD, executing a Wavefront of 64 threads over 4 cycles.
  • RDNA has 32 wide SIMD, executing a Wavefront:32 over 1 cycle and Wavefront:64 over two cycles.

Smatovic (talk) 10:16, 22 April 2021 (CEST)

Nvidia architectures

Afaik Nvidia did never official mention SIMD in their papers as hardware architecture, with Tesla they only referred to as SIMT.

Nevertheless, my own conclusions are:

  • Tesla has 8 wide SIMD, executing a Warp of 32 threads over 4 cycles.
  • Fermi has 16 wide SIMD, executing a Warp of 32 threads over 2 cycles.
  • Kepler is somehow odd, not sure how the compute units are partitioned.
  • Maxwell and Pascal have 32 wide SIMD, executing a Warp of 32 threads over 1 cycle.
  • Volta and Turing seem to have 16 wide FPU SIMDs, but my own experiments show 32 wide VALU.

Smatovic (talk) 10:17, 22 April 2021 (CEST)

SIMD + Scalar Unit

It seems every SIMD unit has one scalar unit on GPU architectures, executing things like branch-conditions or special functions the SIMD ALUs are not capable of.

Smatovic (talk) 20:21, 22 April 2021 (CEST)

embedded CPU controller

It is not documented in the whitepapers, but it seems that every discrete GPU has an embedded CPU controller (e.g. Nvidia Falcon) who (speculation) launches the kernels.

Smatovic (talk) 10:36, 22 April 2021 (CEST)

GPUs and Duncan's taxonomy

It is not clear to me how the underlying hardware of GPU SIMD units of architectures with unified shader architecture is realized by different vendors, there is the concept of bit-sliced ALUs, there is the concept of pipelined vector processors, there is the concept of SIMD units with fix bit-width ALUs. The white papers from different vendors leave room for speculation, the different instruction throughputs for higher precision and lower precision too, what is left to the programmer is to do microbenchmarking and make conclusions on their own.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan%27s_taxonomy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn%27s_taxonomy

Smatovic (talk) 13:58, 16 December 2021 (CET)

CPW GPU article

A suggestion of mine, keep this GPU article as an generalized overview of GPUs, with incremental updates for different frameworks and architectures. GPUs and GPGPU is a moving target with different platforms offering new feature sets, better open own articles for things like GPGPU, SIMT, CUDA, ROCm, oneAPI, Metal or simply link to Wikipedia containing the newest specs and infos.

Smatovic (talk) 21:29, 27 April 2021 (CEST)

GPGPU architectures

Regarding GPGPU architectures or frameworks, a link to the architecture white paper, instruction set architecture, programming guide, and link to Wikipedia with a list of the concrete models with specs would be nice, if available.

Smatovic (talk) 09:21, 25 October 2021 (CEST)