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A. Borusan

02.04.2013, 13 Uhr s.t. TU Berlin, EN building, seminar room EN 719 (7th floor), Einsteinufer 17, 10587 Berlin: "Automatic Selection of Processing Units for Coprocessing in Databases" (Sebastian Breß, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg)

Specialized processing units such as GPUs or FPGAs provide great opportunities to speed up database operations by exploiting parallelism and relieving the CPU. But utilizing coprocessors efficiently poses major challenges to developers. Besides finding fine-granular data parallel algorithms and tuning them for the available hardware, it has to be decided at runtime which (co)processor should be chosen to execute a specific task. Depending on input parameters, wrong decisions can lead to severe performance degradations since involving coprocessors introduces a significant overhead, e.g., for data transfers. We present a framework that automatically learns and adapts execution models for arbitrary algorithms on any (co)processor to find break-even points and support scheduling decisions. We demonstrate its applicability for three common use cases in modern database systems and show how their performance can be improved with wise scheduling decisions. Furthermore, we discuss prelimenary results in our research.