Scholarly article on topic 'GPU Accelerated High Accuracy Surface Modelling'

GPU Accelerated High Accuracy Surface Modelling Academic research paper on "Materials engineering"

Share paper
Academic journal
Procedia Environmental Sciences
OECD Field of science
{"GPU ;HASM" / "Surface Modelling" / CUDA}

Abstract of research paper on Materials engineering, author of scientific article — C.Q. Yan, T.X. Yue, G. Zhao

Abstract High Accuracy Surface Modelling (HASM) can model surface with high accuracy, while its speed is a major limitation for its application in large scale data. This paper presents HASM-GA, a Graphic Processor Unit (GPU) accelerated High Accuracy Surface Modelling, to construct surface with a significant boost performance. Modern GPU has a highly parallel architecture with hundreds ofprocessors and stream processors, which is a powerful tool for bothgraphics processing and general purpose computation. Weparallel the most computationally-intensive portion of the HASM through NVIDA'sCompute Unified Development Architecture(CUDA)andQuadro 2000 GPU. The results show that one order of magnitude speedupcan be achieved by fully using the parallel processing power of theGPU compared with the traditional CPU method.

Academic research paper on topic "GPU Accelerated High Accuracy Surface Modelling"

Available online at

SciVerse ScienceDirect PfOCSCliQ

Environmental Sciences

Procedia Environmental Sciences 13 (2012) 555 - 564 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The 18th Biennial Conference of International Society for Ecological Modelling

GPU Accelerated High Accuracy Surface Modelling

C. Q. Yanabc, T.X. Yueab*,G.Zhaob

"State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environment Information System.11A,Datun Road,Anwai,100101.Beijing 100101

bInstitute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research.11A,Datun Road,Anwai,100101 .Beijing 100101 cDepartment of Information Engineering,Shandong University of Science and Technology,223,Daizong Street,Taian 271019


High Accuracy Surface Modelling (HASM) can model surface with high accuracy, while its speed is a major limitation for its application in large scale data. This paper presents HASM-GA, a Graphic Processor Unit (GPU) accelerated High Accuracy Surface Modelling, to construct surface with a significant boost performance. Modern GPU has a highly parallel architecture with hundreds ofprocessors and stream processors, which is a powerful tool for bothgraphics processing and general purpose computation. Weparallel the most computationally-intensive portion of the HASM through NVIDA'sCompute Unified Development Architecture(CUDA)andQuadro 2000 GPU. The results show that one order of magnitude speedupcan be achieved by fully using the parallel processing power of theGPU compared with the traditional CPU method.

© 2011 Published by Elsevier B.V. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of School of Environment, Beijing Normal University.

Keywords:GPU;HASM; Surface Modelling; CUDA

1. Introduction

* Corresponding author. Tel.: +86 10 64889841; fax: +86 1064889630.

E-mail address:

1878-0296 © 2011 Published by Elsevier B.V. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of School of Environment, Beijing Normal University. doi:10.1016/j.proenv.2012.01.046

High Accuracy Surface Modelling(HASM) is a newsurface modelling method based on the fundamental theorem of surfaces. Compared with other classical methodsin Geographic Information Systems (GIS), includingthe TLI (Triangulated irregular network with Linear Interpolation), Spline,IDW (Inverse Distance Weighted) and Kriging, it has much higher accuracy [1]. Supported by the sound fundamental theorem of surfaces, it finds a solution for the error problem that had long troubledGIS. Itcan model surface more accurately.However, this method needs to solve a large scale of linear equation group, which will cost too much time and make the method useless for large scale data. To put it into wide application, its speed should be accelerated.

To shorten the computing time, adaptive method of HASM and HASM using multigrid are developed [8, 12]. However, we found it stillcannotmakeHASM a qualitative leap. Although we can accelerate HASM through multi-core CPU or CPU cluster, it would not facilitate the wide application of HASM, for the limited number of cores of single CPU and the unavailable CPU cluster in desktop application.Finally,we turned toGraphic Processor Unit(GPU)as a potential solution.

Driven by the insatiable market demand for real-time, high definition 3D graphics, the programmable GPUhas evolved from graphic processing into a highly parallel, multithreaded, many-core processor with tremendous computational horsepower and very high memory bandwidth[2]. Parallelingcomputationally-and data-intensive tasks through GPU could substantially enhance the performance of models, which have been verified in [3, 4].However, GPU application in surface modelling remain an area of emerging studying[5]. They have been restricted by the steep learning curve of programming traditional graphics pipeline and specialized hardware.Recently, with the release of CUDAGPU programming method toolkit by NVIDIA, it transformed the way of coding GPU. The CUDA toolkit enables multiple ways to tap into the power of GPU Computing, writing code inCUDA C/C++,OpenCL, DirectCompute, CUDA Fortran and others. Since modern GPU has powerful computation capacity, new uniform architecture, flexibility in terms of programmability and increasing performance, GPU programming for general purpose computing has been enthusiastically received in the area of scientific research. Thus, we can employ powerful computationcapacityof GPUto parallel the separableprocess of HASM to achieve a speedup.

This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 provides mathematical preliminaries of HASM and a brief introduction of CUDA andGPUparallel programming;section 3 presents the algorithms used to solve the huge system of linear equation group;section 4details the GPU implementation of the algorithm;section 5 shows the results of numericaltests; section 6lists our final conclusions.

2. HASM and GPU Parallel Computing

2.1. HASM

According to the fundamental theorem of surfaces, a surface is uniquely defined by the first and second fundamental coefficients. The first fundamental coefficients are used to express how the surface inherits the natural inner product of R3,in whichR3is the set of triples (x,y,z) of real numbers [6]. The first fundamental coefficients of surfaces yield information about some geometric properties of the surface, by which we can calculate the lengths of curves, the angles of tangent vectors, the areas of regions, and geodesics on the surfaces. The second fundamental coefficients reflect the local warping of the surface, namely its deviation from the tangent plane at the point under consideration.

If a surface is a graph of a function z = f (x , y) or r = (x , y , f (x, y) ) , the first fundamental coefficients E, F, and G can be formulated as:

(E = 1 + fx2

C = 1 +fy

{F fx'fy

The second fundamental coefficients L, M, and N can be formulated as:

L = N = M =




The Gauss equation set can be formulated as:

[fxx = rli ■ fx + ■ fy+L -{E-G- F 2 ) - 12

{ fyy = ^2 ■ fx + ^ ■ fy+N -{E-G- F2 )- V2 3


rA =^(G-Ex-2 F ■ Fx + F ■ Ey) ■ {E ■ G — F2)-1 I22 = \(2G ■ Fy — G ■ Gx + F ■ Gy) ■ {E ■ G — F2)-1 r2i =1(2E ■ Fx — E ■ Ey + F ■ Ex) ■ {E ■ G — F2)-1 r22 =1(E ■ Gy — 2F ■ Fy + F ■ Gx) ■ {E ■ G — F2)-1

2.2. CUDA and GPU Parallel Computing

CUDAis a new hardware and software architecture for programming NVIDIA GPU as a data-parallel computing device. The CUDA computing environment provides a standard C like language interface to the NVIDIA GPUs[2]. CUDAis a parallel programming model which not only consist a sequential host program that running on CPU host but also a kernel program thatrunning on parallel GPU device. The host program sets up the data and transfers it to and from the GPU while the kernel program processes the data using a potentially large number of parallel threads. The threads of a kernel are grouped into a grid of thread blocks. The threads of a given block share a local-store and may synchronize via barriers[2]. To optimally utilize the device, programmer should follow 3 overall performance optimization strategies: maximize parallel execution to achieve maximum utilization; optimize memory usage to achieve maximum memory throughput; optimize instruction usage to achieve maximum instruction throughput.

GPUis traditionally used to rasterizethe 2D and 3D primitives by graphics libraries like OpenGL and DirectX. With its increasing processing power of transformation and lighting calculation that jobs used to be done on CPU aretransferring to GPU.The processing done by GPUs forms a stand rendering pipeline that involves vertex processing and pixel processing. Since these tasks are inherently parallel,GPUs began to use multiple processing cores to accelerate these tasks. As the power of GPUs growing, they gainthe capacity to perform tasks at interactive frame rates. To use these capacities efficiently, graphic libraries are modified to allow programmers to write GPU programs called shaders that bypassed the standard rendering pipeline and gave programmers much control over how to process vertexes and pixels.With the increase in parallel processing power and the ability to program the hardware with shaders, people began totrying use these capabilities for general-purpose computing. At the early stages, general-purpose computing was not accessible to the average programmer because it demands knowledge about both general graphics programming and creation of shaderprograms. With the release of NVIDIA'S CUDAarchitecturein 2006, a major step forward was made that general-purposeGPU computing accessible to a wide audience was taken.The CUDA replaces separate, specialized hardware units previously for vertex and pixel processing respectively with a single (unified) unit which could be programmed to perform either of the processing. Equally, for CUDA enable execution of C/C++ function, or "Kernel" on a target of GPU device, it enables programmers without graphics program experience to write scalable parallel program for GPUs [7].

3. HASM Algorithm With Conjugate Gradient and Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient

3.1. Solution of HASM Equation Set

To solve the partial differential equation group (3), the first and second fundamental coefficients, E, F, G, L, M, and N must be firstly calculated in terms of sampled values when f is simulated. If { fXJ } are the sampled values of f at sampling points,{(x^yj)} and{/}are interpolations in terms of the sampled values{/,}. Let /¿j = / , and h represents simulation step length, then we can discretize equation set (3) and formulate the (n+1)thiteration of HASMas following.

f<n) _Jn)

f(n+l) _ 9f(n+l) , f(n+l) _ rrl s(n) ri+l,j ri-l,j

M+lj i,j ' i-l,j — UllJij 2

r 1 f^ -f^


f<n) An) f(n) An)

- 2fi(,n+1) + f^ = (I^f ■ i+1'i; i-1'i ■ h + (r2,)^ ■ itliiZiti. h + ■


Where n > 0;fo( M ) , f^ ) J^+ij,f^M+iare bound conditions[8].M+2 is the lattice number in direction x or

= —; ' ' ' '

If the computational domain is normalized to[ 0, 1 ] x [ 0, 1 ], the two equations of basic equation set (4) can be expressed as:

AXn+1 = Dn

BXn+1 = gn

Where ;A

VV11CICA (J1:L 1>M ,J2i1 •'"•J2,M '......' )M-i,i'"'' )M-1,M'>M,1 •"'•>M,M )

and B, represent coefficient matrixes of the first equation and the second equation in equation set (4) respectively; Dn and En are, respectively, the right-hand side vectors of the same equation set (4).

Let / is value of z = / (x, y) at the pth sampled point (x;, y;) in the computational domain, the simulation value should be equal or approximate to the sampling value at this lattice so that a constraint equation set is added to equation set (4).We can get the following expressions

m in I

K Yx (n+

s.t. S ■ Xn

For sufficiently large X , expression (7) could be transferred into unconstrained least-squares approximation


X (n+ 1) = [AT B T X ■ ST]

D(n) E{n)


LetF = [at B t X ■ ST]


and [ ]

X)(n) E{n)


expression (8) can be expressed

PX(n+i) _ JT,

3.2. Corjug/te Gr/diert Ard Precorditiored Corjug/te Gr/diert Methods

The CG(Conjugate Gradient) is one of the best known iterative methods for solving sparse symmetric positive definite linear systems. The method is flexible, easy to implement and converge(theoretically)in a finite number of steps. While the coefficient matrixes of HASM are symmetric positive definite sparse matrix, CG method is adapted for solving formulation (8). CG algorithm is described as follows[9]. Conjugate Gradient (CG) k = 0 : Initialization: x0,p 0 = r0 = b — Ax0 k>0 :While||rk||/||ro||>£


1. qk = Apk, «k = |rr

3. Pk=|i!^r, Pk+ i = rk+ 1 + PkPk Each iteration requires one matrix-vector product and two inner products. Preconditioned Conditioned Gradient (PCG)

The efficiency of CG can be significantly improved with a suitablepreconditioning. Preconditioning is a procedure of an application of atransformation, whichconditions a given problem into a form that is more suitable for numerical solution.Preconditioning can result in the decrease of the condition number of a matrix, which causes an increased rate of convergence. The idea behind preconditioning is to replacean equation like by

M"1Ax= M_1b

Algorithm is as follows

k = 0 : Initialization: x0,r0 = b — A x0,M z0 = r0,p 0 = z0 k>0 : While||rk|| / ||r 01 > £

1 qk = APk «k = -Vr

4. P k+ 1 = rk+ 1 + PkPk

Compared with CG, the additional cost is solving one linear system per iteration (to compute in step 3).

Typically, there is a trade-off in the choice of preconditioner M. Since M must be applied at each step of the iterative linear solver according to the algorithm above, it should have a small cost of applying M. There are several common forms of preconditioning, of which the Jacobi preconditioner is one of the simplest for using the diagonal of the matrix M=diag(A). Other forms include the Sparse Approximate Inverse preconditioner, Incomplete Cholesky factorization, Incomplete LU factorization, Successive overrelaxation, etc. Since the Jacobi preconditioner is easy to implement efficiently on GPU, we chose it as preconditioner in our PCG.

3.3. GPU AcceleratedHASMAlgorithm

The GPU Accelerated HASM algorithm can be described as follows. In the first step,we initialized the matrix X with interpolations by Kriging in terms of sampled values. Then, in the second step, the right-hand vectors D "and ¿;nof expression (5) and (6) respectively were calculated by finite difference. Wegot the discretization of equation group (3) by finite difference. After that, we computed the matrix of the left-hand item and the vector of the right-hand item of equation (9). In the following steps, we iteratively solved the huge scale of linear equation setusing CG or PCG. Following is the pseudocodedescriptionof the algorithm.


Initialize X;//with interpolations according to sampled value S

F=Compute MatrixF(A,B)// compute F according to A and B, A B is already known

For i=1 to outIterNum

//Compute D and E according to X, by finite difference .h is step length.


ComputeT(D,E,&T);//Compute right-hand vector T in terms of matrix D and E

Case 0


Case 1 M=diag(F);

PCG(F,M,T,X,&Xnew,InIterNum) //PCG iteration choosing Jacobi as preconditioner

End case

errCheck();//check the error to decide whether break or not

4. Implementation of HASM-GA Using CUDA and Corresponding Implementation on CPU

4.1. Details of Implementation

Our implementation can be divided into two sections, of which we implemented the first section withCUDA, and implemented the second section including CG and PCG, mainly employingCUSPARSE and CUBLAS which are libraries of CUDA.CUBLAS is a recent parallel implementation of BLAS, developed by NVIDIA on top of the CUDA programming environment [10].CUSPARSE is also built by NVIDIAon top of the CUDA programming environment, specially used to process sparse matrix efficiently. The supported compressed storage formats of a sparse matrixby CUSPARSE include Compressed Sparse Row (CSR),Compressed Sparse Column (CSC), Coordinate Format (COO) and Dense Format (DF)[11].

Since our left-hand matrix of expression (9) is a sparse matrix, we can adopt compressed storage format supported by CUSPARSE toreduce the memory cost by saving only non-zero elements and enable the computer process as large scale data as possible.The storage format we adopt is Compressed Sparse Row (CSR)and is described as follows.

In CSR format, a nxn sparse matrix A, with nnz non-zero entries of A, is stored via three arrays:

csrValA (pointer) : points to the data array of length nnz that holds all non-zero values of A in row-major format.

csrRowPtrA (pointer): points to the integer array of lengthm+1 that holds indices pointing to the array csrColIndA/csrValA. For the first m entries, csrRowPtrA(i) contains the index of the first non-zeroelement in the ith row, while the last entry, csrRowPtrA(m),contains nnz+csrRowPtrA(0).

csrColIndA (pointer): points to the integer array of length nnz thatholds the column indices of the corresponding elements incsrValA.

The crucial problem in the parallelization of the CG and PCG algorithmson GPU predominantly concerns the inner product and the matrix-vector multiplication.Sparse matrix-vector operations represent the dominant cost in PCG algorithm for solving large-scale linear systems. We implemented sparse matrix-vector using CUSPARSE Library. We did vector operations with CUBLAS.To solve Mzk+1 = rk+1 efficiently, we used kernels to solve it in a highly parallel way.

4.2. Implementation on CPU

Furthermore, we implement our algorithms on CPU to compare their performance and check out to what extent it can be accelerated.

5. Numerical Experiments and Observations

To compare the performance of CPU implementation and GPUimplementation of HASM, we measured the performance across a number of experiments. These simulations werecomputed on a NVIDIA Quadro 2000 GPU hosted on a Dual-Core Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 running windows XP and CUDA4.0.

In all the algorithms, we started with the same xk and iterate until ||rk||||r0||_1 < 10"8 for our inner iteration using CG or PCG.We established 5000 as the maximum numberof iterations.



Scale HASM-CG-CPU Time(sec) HASM-CG-GPU Time(sec) Ratio CG-CPU/ CG-GPU

10*11 0.618339 0.014622 42.28826426

201*201 16.305689 1.830615 8.907219159

970*835 415.454956 40.021626 10.38076154

1024*1125 595.216125 54.681999 10.88505



10*11 95 92 42.28826426

201*201 4250 3862 8.907219159

970*835 5000 5000 10.38076154

1024*1125 5000 5000 10.88505

In table 1, we compared the HASM-CG-CPU implemented on GPU with its CPU counterpart. We can notice that without preconditioning, the HASM-CG-GPU is about 10 times faster than its CPU implementation.Table2shows the exact iterative numbers of each experiment.We can obtain a 10 times speedup withprocessing oflarge amount data with the maximum iterativenumber.Additionally, the number of iterations of each experimentis a little different for CPU and GPU implementation because of different supported data precision on CPU and GPU.



Scale HASM-PCG-CPU Time(sec) HASM-PCG-GPU Time(sec) Ratio CPU/GPU

10*11 0.518339 0.011270 45.99281278

201*201 10.390260 1.547023 6.716293164

970*835 465.156982 44.635750 10.42117545

1024*1125 662.741577 61.189999 10.83088

CQ. Yan /t al. / Procedia Environmental Sciences 13 (2012) 555- 564 Table 4. HASM-PCG-CPU VSHASM-PCG-GPU


10*11 74 73 45.99281278

201*201 2494 2442 6.716293164

970*835 5000 5000 10.42117545

1024*1125 5000 5000 10.83088

In table 3 and 4, we compared the HASM-PCG-CPU implemented on GPU with its CPU counterpart. We can notice that with preconditioning, the HASM-PCG-GPU is about 10 times faster than its CPU implementation and iterative numbers can be reduced significantly. We also can see that10 times speedup can be obtained when processing a large scale data with the maximum iterativenumber.



Scale HASM-CG-CPU Time(sec) HASM-PCG-CPU Time(sec) Ratio CPU/CPU

10*11 0.618339 0.518339 1.192923936

201*201 16.305689 10.390260 1.569324444

970*835 415.454956 465.156982 0.893149995

1024*1125 595.216125 662.741577 0.898112

In table 5, we compared the HASM-CG-CPU and HASM-PCG-CPU. We can note that, with preconditioning, the HASM-PCG-CPU is faster than HASM-CG-CPU with the experiment of scale 201*201, which shows our preconditioner does its work actually. However,if they both run for the same large number ofiterations, HASM-PCG-CPUis slower since itinvolves solving one more linear system in each iteration.In plus, we can find the similar results from table 6 with their GPU implementation for the same number of iterations.


Scale HASM-CG-GPU Time(sec) HASM-PCG-GPU Time(sec) Ratio CPU/GPU

10*11 0.014622 0.011270 1.192923936

201*201 1.830615 1.547023 1.569324444

970*835 40.021626 44.635750 0.893149995

1024*1125 54.681999 61.189999 0.89364275



Scale HASM-CG-CPU Time(sec) HASM-PCG-GPU Time(sec) Ratio

10*11 0.618339 0.011270 54.86592724

201*201 16.305689 1.547023 10.54004304

970*835 415.454956 44.635750 9.307672796

1024*1125 595.216125 61.189999 9.727343271

In table 7, we compared the HASM-CG-CPU and HASM-PCG-GPU implemented. We can observe that with preconditioning, the HASM-PCG-CPU is more than 10 times faster than HASM-CG-CPU with the experiment of scale 201*201. Actually, if they both run for the same large number of iterations, HASM-PCG-GPU is less than 10 times faster than HASM-CG-CPUfor solving an additional equation set.

6. Conclusion

We presented a parallel implementation, on GPU, of the High Accuracy Surface Modellingalgorithms using CG and PCG. Our experiments show our GPU implementation can accelerate the CPU implementation significantly. For the same large number of iterations, we can get about 10 times speed up. However, for the small scale of data, the GPU implementation cannot show its real advantage over the CPU implementation exactly. On average, the amount of acceleration depends on the scale of the problem and the actual amount of iterations needed to match the error threshold, in general providing more of a 10 times' speedup for bigger and more complex problems.


Thiswork is supported by China National Science Fund forDistinguished Young Scholars (40825003),by National High Technology Research and Development Program("863 "Program) (2011AA120306), and byNationalNatural Science Foundation of China (41023010).


[1] T.-X. Yue, Z.-P. Du, D.-J. Song and Y. Gong. A new method of surface Modelling and its application to DEM construction. Geomo/phology 2007; 91: 161-72

[2] NVIDIA.C. NVIDIA CUDA C Programming Guide v4, NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California.2011;1-101

[3] J. E. Stone, D. J. Hardy, I. S. Ufimtsev and K. Schulten. GPU-accelerated molecular modeling coming of age. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling 2010; 29: 116-25

[4] A. J. Kalyanapu, S. Shankar, E. R. Pardyjak, D. R. Judi and S. J. Burian. Assessment of GPU computational enhancement to a 2D flood model. Environmental Modelling & Software 2011; 26: 1009-16

[5] X. Yang, X. Pi, L. Zeng and S. Li. GPU-based real-time simulation and rendering of unbounded ocean surface. 2005;

[6] T. X. Yue. Surface Modeling: High Accuracy and High Speed Methods, CRC Press.

[7] E. Wynters. Parallel processing on NVIDIA graphics processing units using CUDA. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 2011; 26: 58-66

[8] T.-X. Yue, C.-F. Chen and B.-L. Li. An Adaptive Method of High Accuracy Surface Modeling and Its Application to Simulating Elevation Surfaces. Transactions in GIS 2010; 14: 615-30

[9] R. Helfenstein and J. Koko. Parallel preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm on GPU. Journal of Computational and AppliedMathematicsIn Press, Corrected Proof

[10] NVIDIA.C. CUDA Toolki 4.0 CUBLASLibrary. NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California.2011;15-82

[11] NVIDIA.C. CUDA CUSPARSELibrary. NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California.2011;5-62

[12]Tian-Xiang Yue, Yin-Jun Song, Ze-Meng Fan, 2010. The multi-grid method of high accuracy surface modelling and its validation. Computer & Geoscience(accepted).