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HK: Fachverband Physik der Hadronen und Kerne

HK 41: Schwerionenkollisionen und QCD Phasen IV

HK 41.2: Vortrag

Donnerstag, 18. März 2010, 14:30–14:45, HG I

Parallel approach to online event reconstruction in the CBM experiment — •Ivan Kisel — GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Future many-core CPU and GPU architectures require relevant changes in the traditional approach to data analysis. Massive hardware parallelism at the levels of cores, threads and vectors has to be adequately reflected in mathematical, numerical and programming optimization of the algorithms used for event reconstruction and analysis.

An investigation of the Kalman filter, which is the core of the reconstruction algorithms in modern HEP experiments, has demonstrated a potential several orders of magnitude increase of the speed of the algorithms, if properly optimized and parallelized.

In the CBM experiment at FAIR/GSI all basic reconstruction algorithms have been parallelized. For maximum performance all algorithms use variables in single precision only. In addition, a significant speed-up is provided by localizing data in a high-speed cache memory. Portability of the parallel reconstruction algorithms with respect to different CPU and GPU architectures is supported by the special headers and vector classes, which have been developed for using SIMD instruction sets.

Different reconstruction methods, implemented in CBM, show different degrees of intrinsic parallelism, thus the speed-up varies up to few orders of magnitude. The speed-up factors for each stage of the algorithms parallelization are presented and discussed.

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