%0 Conference Proceedings
%T Accessing CUDA features in the OpenGL rendering pipeline: A case study using N-Body simulation
%D 2017
%8 Oct. 17-20, 2017
%A Camillo, Mario,
%A Shin-Ting, Wu,
%@affiliation University of Campinas
%@affiliation University of Campinas
%E Torchelsen, Rafael Piccin,
%E Nascimento, Erickson Rangel do,
%E Panozzo, Daniele,
%E Liu, Zicheng,
%E Farias, Mylène,
%E Viera, Thales,
%E Sacht, Leonardo,
%E Ferreira, Nivan,
%E Comba, João Luiz Dihl,
%E Hirata, Nina,
%E Schiavon Porto, Marcelo,
%E Vital, Creto,
%E Pagot, Christian Azambuja,
%E Petronetto, Fabiano,
%E Clua, Esteban,
%E Cardeal, Flávio,
%B Conference on Graphics, Patterns and Images, 30 (SIBGRAPI)
%C Niterói, RJ
%S Proceedings
%I IEEE Computer Society
%J Los Alamitos
%K GLSL, CUDA, n-body simulation, OpenGL.
%X The advances of the graphics programing unit (GPU) architecture and its rapidly evolving towards general purpose GPU make a series of applications adopt a general purpose (GPGPU) and a graphics computing interoperability approach in which the first is used for heavy calculations and the second for 3D graphics rendering. Because GPGPU exposes several hardware features, such as shared memory and thread synchronization mechanism, it allows a developer to write more efficient code. Nevertheless, we conjecture that such hardware features are also available in the graphics computing interface OpenGL 4.5 or later through the graphics concepts: blending, transform feedback, tessellation and instancing. In this paper we assess our conjecture by implementing an N-body simulation with both approaches. We indeed devise a novel non-graphics application to the tessellation hardware and the instanced rendering circuit. Instead of refining a mesh, we use the abstract patch for gaining direct accesses to shared memory. In the place of drawing multiple objects, we apply the instanced rendering technology for improving sequential data accesses. Comparative timing analysis is provided. We believe that these results provide better understanding of the graphics features that are useful for closing the performance gap between OpenGL and a GPGPU architecture, and open a new perspective on implementing solely with the OpenGL graphics applications that require both intense, but pre-specified, memory accesses and 3D graphics rendering.
%@language en
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