Thursday, May 19, 2016

mixbench on an AMD Fiji GPU

Recently, I had the quite pleasant opportunity to be granted with the Radeon R9 Nano GPU card. This card features the Fiji GPU and as such it seems to be a compute beast as it features 4096 shader units and HBM memory with bandwidth reaching to 512GB/sec. If one considers the card's remarkably small size and low power consumption, this card proves to be a great and efficient compute device for handling parallel compute tasks via OpenCL (or HIP, but more on this on a later post).

AMD R9 Nano GPU card

One of the first experiments I tried on it was the mixbench microbenchmark tool, of course. Expressing the execution results via gnuplot in the memory bandwidth/compute throughput plane is depicted here:

mixbench-ocl-ro as executed on the R9 Nano
GPU performance effectively approaches 8 TeraFlops of single precision compute performance on heavily compute intensive kernels whereas it exceeds 450GB/sec memory bandwidth on memory oriented kernels.

For anyone interested in trying mixbench on their CUDA/OpenCL/HIP GPU please follow the link to github:

Here is an example of execution on Ubuntu Linux:

Acknowledgement: I would like to greatly thank the Radeon Open Compute department of AMD for kindly supplying the Radeon R9 Nano GPU card for the support of our research.

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