Exploiting Nested Parallelism on Heterogeneous Processors

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Heterogeneous computing systems have become common in modern processor architectures. These systems, such as those released by AMD, Intel, and Nvidia, include both CPU and GPU cores on a single die available with reduced communication overhead compared to their discrete predecessors. Currently, discrete CPU/GPU systems are limited, requiring larger, regular, highly-parallel workloads to overcome the communication costs of the system. Without the traditional communication delay assumed between GPUs and CPUs, we believe non-traditional workloads could be targeted for GPU execution. Specifically, this thesis focuses on the execution model of nested parallel workloads on heterogeneous systems. We have designed a simulation flow which utilizes widely used CPU and GPU simulators to model heterogeneous computing architectures. We then applied this simulator to non-traditional GPU workloads using different execution models. We also have proposed a new execution model for nested parallelism allowing users to exploit these heterogeneous systems to reduce execution time.