In this work we describe a method to measure the computing performance and energy-efficiency to be expected of an FPGA device. The motivation of this work is given by their possible usage as accelerators in the context of floating-point intensive HPC workloads. In fact, FPGA devices in the past were not considered an efficient option to address floating-point intensive computations, but more recently, with the advent of dedicated DSP units and the increased amount of resources in each chip, the interest towards these devices raised. Another obstacle to a wide adoption of FPGAs in the HPC field has been the low level hardware knowledge commonly required to program them, using Hardware Description Languages (HDLs). Also this issue has been recently mitigated by the introduction of higher level programming framework, adopting so called High Level Synthesis approaches, reducing the development time and shortening the gap between the skills required to program FPGAs wrt the skills commonly owned by HPC software developers. In this work we apply the proposed method to estimate the maximum floating-point performance and energy-efficiency of the FPGA embedded in a Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC hosted on a Trenz board.

Energy-Efficiency Evaluation of FPGAs for Floating-Point Intensive Workloads

Calore Enrico
;
Schifano Sebastiano Fabio
2020

Abstract

In this work we describe a method to measure the computing performance and energy-efficiency to be expected of an FPGA device. The motivation of this work is given by their possible usage as accelerators in the context of floating-point intensive HPC workloads. In fact, FPGA devices in the past were not considered an efficient option to address floating-point intensive computations, but more recently, with the advent of dedicated DSP units and the increased amount of resources in each chip, the interest towards these devices raised. Another obstacle to a wide adoption of FPGAs in the HPC field has been the low level hardware knowledge commonly required to program them, using Hardware Description Languages (HDLs). Also this issue has been recently mitigated by the introduction of higher level programming framework, adopting so called High Level Synthesis approaches, reducing the development time and shortening the gap between the skills required to program FPGAs wrt the skills commonly owned by HPC software developers. In this work we apply the proposed method to estimate the maximum floating-point performance and energy-efficiency of the FPGA embedded in a Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC hosted on a Trenz board.
978-1-64368-070-5
978-1-64368-071-2
HPC, Energy, EuroEXA, FPGA, Roofline
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