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Symmetry in Software Synthesis

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Andrés Goens, Sergio Siccha, Jeronimo Castrillon, "Symmetry in Software Synthesis" , In ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO), ACM, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 20:1–20:26, New York, NY, USA, Jul 2017. [doi]

Abstract

With the surge of multi- and manycores, much research has focused on algorithms for mapping and scheduling on these complex platforms. Large classes of these algorithms face scalability problems. This is why diverse methods are commonly used for reducing the search space. While most such approaches leverage the inherent symmetry of architectures and applications, they do it in a problem-specific and intuitive way. However, intuitive approaches become impractical with growing hardware complexity, like Network-on-Chip interconnect or heterogeneous cores. In this paper, we present a formal framework that can determine the inherent symmetry of architectures and applications algorithmically and leverage these for problems in software synthesis. Our approach is based on the mathematical theory of groups and a generalization called inverse semigroups. We evaluate our approach in two state-of-the-art mapping frameworks. Even for the platforms with a handful of cores of today and moderate-size benchmarks, our approach consistently yields reductions of the overall execution time of algorithms, accelerating them by a factor up to 10 in our experiments, or improving the quality of the results.

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@article{goens_taco17symmetry,
author = {Goens, Andr{\'e}s and Siccha, Sergio and Castrillon, Jeronimo},
title = {Symmetry in Software Synthesis},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO),},
issue_date = {July 2017},
volume = {14},
number = {2},
month = jul,
year = {2017},
issn = {1544-3566},
pages = {20:1--20:26},
articleno = {20},
numpages = {26},
url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3095747},
doi = {10.1145/3095747},
acmid = {3095747},
publisher = {ACM},
address = {New York, NY, USA},
keywords = {Scalability, automation, clusters, design-space exploration, group theory, heterogeneous, inverse-semigroups, mapping, metaheuristics, network-on-chip, symmetry},
eprint = "arXiv:1704.06623",
abstract = {With the surge of multi- and manycores, much research has focused on algorithms for mapping and scheduling on these complex platforms. Large classes of these algorithms face scalability problems. This is why diverse methods are commonly used for reducing the search space. While most such approaches leverage the inherent symmetry of architectures and applications, they do it in a problem-specific and intuitive way. However, intuitive approaches become impractical with growing hardware complexity, like Network-on-Chip interconnect or heterogeneous cores. In this paper, we present a formal framework that can determine the inherent symmetry of architectures and applications algorithmically and leverage these for problems in software synthesis. Our approach is based on the mathematical theory of groups and a generalization called inverse semigroups. We evaluate our approach in two state-of-the-art mapping frameworks. Even for the platforms with a handful of cores of today and moderate-size benchmarks, our approach consistently yields reductions of the overall execution time of algorithms, accelerating them by a factor up to 10 in our experiments, or improving the quality of the results.}
}

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