SIMD studies in the LHCb reconstruction software

Apr 14, 2015, 4:45 PM
B503 (B503)



oral presentation Track8: Performance increase and optimization exploiting hardware features Track 8 Session


Daniel Hugo Campora Perez (CERN)


During the data taking process in the LHC at CERN, millions of collisions are recorded every second by the LHCb Detector. The LHCb "Online" computing farm, counting around 15000 cores, is dedicated to the recontruction of the events in real-time, in order to filter those with interesting Physics. The ones kept are later analysed "Offline" in a more precise fashion on the Grid. This imposes very stringent requirements on the Reconstruction Software, which has to be as efficient as possible. Modern CPUs support so-called "vector-extensions", which extend their Instruction Sets, allowing for concurrent execution across functional units. Several libraries expose the Single Instruction Multiple Data programming paradigm to issue these instructions. The use of vectorisation in our codebase can provide performance boosts, leading ultimately to Physics reconstruction enhancements. In this paper, we present vectorisation studies of significant reconstruction algorithms. A variety of vectorisation libraries are analysed and compared in terms of design, maintainability and performance. We also present the steps taken to systematically measure the performance of the released software, to ensure the consistency of the run-time of the vectorized software.

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