Incomplete-LU and Cholesky Preconditioned Iterative Methods Using cuSPARSE and cuBLAS

White paper describing how to use the cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries to achieve a 2x speedup over CPU in the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioned iterative methods.

# 1. Introduction

The solution of large sparse linear systems is an important problem in computational mechanics, atmospheric modeling, geophysics, biology, circuit simulation and many other applications in the field of computational science and engineering. In general, these linear systems can be solved using direct or preconditioned iterative methods. Although the direct methods are often more reliable, they usually have large memory requirements and do not scale well on massively parallel computer platforms.

The iterative methods are more amenable to parallelism and therefore can be used to solve larger problems. Currently, the most popular iterative schemes belong to the Krylov subspace family of methods. They include Bi-Conjugate Gradient Stabilized (BiCGStab) and Conjugate Gradient (CG) iterative methods for nonsymmetric and symmetric positive definite (s.p.d.) linear systems, respectively [2], [11]. We describe these methods in more detail in the next section.

In practice, we often use a variety of preconditioning techniques to improve the convergence of the iterative methods. In this white paper we focus on the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioning [11], which is one of the most popular of these preconditioning techniques. It computes an incomplete factorization of the coefficient matrix and requires a solution of lower and upper triangular linear systems in every iteration of the iterative method.

In order to implement the preconditioned BiCGStab and CG we use the sparse matrix-vector multiplication [3], [15] and the sparse triangular solve [8], [16] implemented in the cuSPARSE library. We point out that the underlying implementation of these algorithms takes advantage of the CUDA parallel programming paradigm [5], [9], [13], which allows us to explore the computational resources of the graphical processing unit (GPU). In our numerical experiments the incomplete factorization is performed on the CPU (host) and the resulting lower and upper triangular factors are then transferred to the GPU (device) memory before starting the iterative method. However, the computation of the incomplete factorization could also be accelerated on the GPU.

We point out that the parallelism available in these iterative methods depends highly on the sparsity pattern of the coefficient matrix at hand. In our numerical experiments the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioned iterative methods achieve on average more than 2x speedup using the cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries on the GPU over the MKL [17] implementation on the CPU. For example, the speedup for the preconditioned iterative methods with the incomplete-LU and Cholesky factorization with 0 fill-in (ilu0) is shown in Figure 1 for matrices resulting from a variety of applications. It will be described in more detail in the last section.

In the next sections we briefly describe the methods of interest and comment on the role played in them by the parallel sparse matrix-vector multiplication and triangular solve algorithms.

# 2. Preconditioned Iterative Methods

Let us consider the linear system

 $$A\mathbf{x} = \mathbf{f}$$

where $$A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$$ is a nonsingular coefficient matrix and $$\mathbf{x},\mathbf{f} \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$$ are the solution and right-hand-side vectors.

In general, the iterative methods start with an initial guess and perform a series of steps that find more accurate approximations to the solution. There are two types of iterative methods: (i) the stationary iterative methods, such as the splitting-based Jacobi and Gauss-Seidel (GS), and (ii) the nonstationary iterative methods, such as the Krylov subspace family of methods, which includes CG and BiCGStab. As we mentioned earlier we focus on the latter in this white paper.

The convergence of the iterative methods depends highly on the spectrum of the coefficient matrix and can be significantly improved using preconditioning. The preconditioning modifies the spectrum of the coefficient matrix of the linear system in order to reduce the number of iterative steps required for convergence. It often involves finding a preconditioning matrix $$M$$, such that $$M^{- 1}$$ is a good approximation of $$A^{- 1}$$ and the systems with $$M$$ are relatively easy to solve.

For the s.p.d. matrix $$A$$ we can let $$M$$ be its incomplete-Cholesky factorization, so that $$A \approx M = {\widetilde{R}}^{T}\widetilde{R}$$, where $$\widetilde{R}$$ is an upper triangular matrix. Let us assume that $$M$$ is nonsingular, then $${\widetilde{R}}^{- T}A{\widetilde{R}}^{- 1}$$ is s.p.d. and instead of solving the linear system (1), we can solve the preconditioned linear system

 $$\left( {{\widetilde{R}}^{- T}A{\widetilde{R}}^{- 1}} \right)\left( {\widetilde{R}\mathbf{x}} \right) = {\widetilde{R}}^{- T}\mathbf{f}$$

The pseudocode for the preconditioned CG iterative method is shown in Algorithm 1.

## 2.1. Algorithm 1 Conjugate Gradient (CG)

 1: $$\text{Letting initial guess be }\mathbf{x}_{0}\text{, compute }\mathbf{r}\leftarrow\mathbf{f} - A\mathbf{x}_{0}$$ 2: $$\textbf{for }i\leftarrow 1,2,...\text{ until convergence }\textbf{do}$$ 3: $$\quad\quad\text{Solve }M\mathbf{z}\leftarrow\mathbf{r}$$ $$\vartriangleright \text{Sparse lower and upper triangular solves}$$ 4: $$\quad\quad\rho_{i}\leftarrow\mathbf{r}^{T}\mathbf{z}$$ 5: $$\quad\quad\textbf{if }i==1\textbf{ then}$$ 6: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\mathbf{p}\leftarrow\mathbf{z}$$ 7: $$\quad\quad\textbf{else}$$ 8: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\beta\leftarrow\frac{\rho_{i}}{\rho_{i - 1}}$$ 9: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\mathbf{p}\leftarrow\mathbf{z} + \beta\mathbf{p}$$ 10: $$\quad\quad\textbf{end if}$$ 11: $$\quad\quad\text{Compute }\mathbf{q}\leftarrow A\mathbf{p}$$ $$\vartriangleright \text{Sparse matrix-vector multiplication}$$ 12: $$\quad\quad\alpha\leftarrow\frac{\rho_{i}}{\mathbf{p}^{T}\mathbf{q}}$$ 13: $$\quad\quad\mathbf{x}\leftarrow\mathbf{x} + \alpha\mathbf{p}$$ 14: $$\quad\quad\mathbf{r}\leftarrow\mathbf{r} - \alpha\mathbf{q}$$ 15: $$\textbf{end for}$$

Notice that in every iteration of the incomplete-Cholesky preconditioned CG iterative method we need to perform one sparse matrix-vector multiplication and two triangular solves. The corresponding CG code using the cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries in C programming language is shown below.

/***** CG Code *****/
/* ASSUMPTIONS:
1. The cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries have been initialized.
2. The appropriate memory has been allocated and set to zero.
3. The matrix A (valA, csrRowPtrA, csrColIndA) and the incomplete-
Cholesky upper triangular factor R (valR, csrRowPtrR, csrColIndR)
have been computed and are present in the device (GPU) memory. */

//create the info and analyse the lower and upper triangular factors
cusparseCreateSolveAnalysisInfo(&inforRt);
cusparseCreateSolveAnalysisInfo(&inforR);
cusparseDcsrsv_analysis(handle,CUSPARSE_OPERATION_TRANSPOSE,
n, descrR, valR, csrRowPtrR, csrColIndR, inforRt);
cusparseDcsrsv_analysis(handle,CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, descrR, valR, csrRowPtrR, csrColIndR, inforR);

//1: compute initial residual r = f -  A x0 (using initial guess in x)
cusparseDcsrmv(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE, n, n, 1.0,
descrA, valA, csrRowPtrA, csrColIndA, x, 0.0, r);
cublasDscal(n,-1.0, r, 1);
cublasDaxpy(n, 1.0, f, 1, r, 1);
nrmr0 = cublasDnrm2(n, r, 1);

//2: repeat until convergence (based on max. it. and relative residual)
for (i=0; i<maxit; i++){
//3: Solve M z = r (sparse lower and upper triangular solves)
cusparseDcsrsv_solve(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_TRANSPOSE,
n, 1.0, descrpR, valR, csrRowPtrR, csrColIndR,
inforRt, r, t);
cusparseDcsrsv_solve(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, 1.0, descrpR, valR, csrRowPtrR, csrColIndR,
inforR, t, z);

//4: \rho = r^{T} z
rhop= rho;
rho = cublasDdot(n, r, 1, z, 1);
if (i == 0){
//6: p = z
cublasDcopy(n, z, 1, p, 1);
}
else{
//8: \beta = rho_{i} / \rho_{i-1}
beta= rho/rhop;
//9: p = z + \beta p
cublasDaxpy(n, beta, p, 1, z, 1);
cublasDcopy(n, z, 1, p, 1);
}

//11: Compute q = A p (sparse matrix-vector multiplication)
cusparseDcsrmv(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE, n, n, 1.0,
descrA, valA, csrRowPtrA, csrColIndA, p, 0.0, q);

//12: \alpha = \rho_{i} / (p^{T} q)
temp = cublasDdot(n, p, 1, q, 1);
alpha= rho/temp;
//13: x = x + \alpha p
cublasDaxpy(n, alpha, p, 1, x, 1);
//14: r = r - \alpha q
cublasDaxpy(n,-alpha, q, 1, r, 1);

//check for convergence
nrmr = cublasDnrm2(n, r, 1);
if (nrmr/nrmr0 < tol){
break;
}
}

//destroy the analysis info (for lower and upper triangular factors)
cusparseDestroySolveAnalysisInfo(inforRt);
cusparseDestroySolveAnalysisInfo(inforR);


For the nonsymmetric matrix $$A$$ we can let $$M$$ be its incomplete-LU factorization, so that $$A \nvdash M = \widetilde{L}\widetilde{U}$$, where $$\widetilde{L}$$ and $$\widetilde{U}$$ are lower and upper triangular matrices, respectively. Let us assume that $$M$$ is nonsingular, then $$M^{- 1}A$$ is nonsingular and instead of solving the linear system (1), we can solve the preconditioned linear system

 $$\left( {M^{- 1}A} \right)\mathbf{x} = M^{- 1}\mathbf{f}$$

The pseudocode for the preconditioned BiCGStab iterative method is shown in Algorithm 2.

## 2.2. Algorithm 2 Bi-Conjugate Gradient Stabilized (BiCGStab)

 1: $$\text{Letting initial guess be }\mathbf{x}_{0}\text{, compute }\mathbf{r}\leftarrow\mathbf{f} - A\mathbf{x}_{0}$$ 2: $$\text{Set }\mathbf{p}\leftarrow\mathbf{r}\text{ and choose }\widetilde{\mathbf{r}}\text{, for example you can set }\widetilde{\mathbf{r}}\leftarrow\mathbf{r}$$ 3: $$\textbf{for }i\leftarrow 1,2,...\text{ until convergence }\textbf{do}$$ 4: $$\quad\quad\rho_{i}\leftarrow{\widetilde{\mathbf{r}}}^{T}\mathbf{r}$$ 5: $$\quad\quad\textbf{if }\rho_{i}==0.0\textbf{ then}$$ 6: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\text{method failed}$$ 7: $$\quad\quad\textbf{end if}$$ 8: $$\quad\quad\textbf{if }i > 1\textbf{ then}$$ 9: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\textbf{if }\omega==0.0\textbf{ then}$$ 10: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\quad\text{method failed}$$ 11: $$\quad\quad\textbf{end if}$$ 12: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\beta\leftarrow\frac{\rho_{i}}{\rho_{i - 1}} times \frac{\alpha}{\omega}$$ 13: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\mathbf{p}\leftarrow\mathbf{r} + \beta\left( {\mathbf{p} - \omega\mathbf{v}} \right)$$ 14: $$\quad\quad\textbf{end if}$$ 15: $$\quad\quad\text{Solve }M\hat{\mathbf{p}}\leftarrow\mathbf{p}$$ $$\vartriangleright \text{Sparse lower and upper triangular solves}$$ 16: $$\quad\quad\text{Compute }\mathbf{q}\leftarrow A\hat{\mathbf{p}}$$ $$\vartriangleright \text{Sparse matrix-vector multiplication}$$ 17: $$\quad\quad\alpha\leftarrow\frac{\rho_{i}}{{\widetilde{\mathbf{r}}}^{T}\mathbf{q}}$$ 18: $$\quad\quad\mathbf{s}\leftarrow\mathbf{r} - \alpha\mathbf{q}$$ 19: $$\quad\quad\mathbf{x}\leftarrow\mathbf{x} + \alpha\hat{\mathbf{p}}$$ 20: $$\quad\quad\textbf{if }\left\| s \right\|_{2} \leq \mathit{tol}\textbf{ then}$$ 21: $$\quad\quad\quad\quad\text{method converged}$$ 22: $$\quad\quad\textbf{end if}$$ 23: $$\quad\quad\text{Solve }M\hat{\mathbf{s}}\leftarrow\mathbf{s}$$ $$\vartriangleright \text{Sparse lower and upper triangular solves}$$ 24: $$\quad\quad\text{Compute }\mathbf{t}\leftarrow A\hat{\mathbf{s}}$$ $$\vartriangleright \text{Sparse matrix-vector multiplication}$$ 25: $$\quad\quad\omega\leftarrow\frac{\mathbf{t}^{T}\mathbf{s}}{\mathbf{t}^{T}\mathbf{t}}$$ 26: $$\quad\quad\mathbf{x}\leftarrow\mathbf{x} + \omega\hat{\mathbf{s}}$$ 27: $$\quad\quad\mathbf{r}\leftarrow\mathbf{s} - \omega\mathbf{t}$$ 28: $$\textbf{end for}$$

Notice that in every iteration of the incomplete-LU preconditioned BiCGStab iterative method we need to perform two sparse matrix-vector multiplications and four triangular solves. The corresponding BiCGStab code using the cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries in C programming language is shown below.

/***** BiCGStab Code *****/
/* ASSUMPTIONS:
1. The cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries have been initialized.
2. The appropriate memory has been allocated and set to zero.
3. The matrix A (valA, csrRowPtrA, csrColIndA) and the incomplete-
LU lower L (valL, csrRowPtrL, csrColIndL)  and upper U (valU,
csrRowPtrU, csrColIndU) triangular factors have been
computed and are present in the device (GPU) memory. */

//create the info and analyse the lower and upper triangular factors
cusparseCreateSolveAnalysisInfo(&infoL);
cusparseCreateSolveAnalysisInfo(&infoU);
cusparseDcsrsv_analysis(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, descrL, valL, csrRowPtrL, csrColIndL, infoL);
cusparseDcsrsv_analysis(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, descrU, valU, csrRowPtrU, csrColIndU, infoU);

//1: compute initial residual r = b - A x0 (using initial guess in x)
cusparseDcsrmv(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE, n, n, 1.0,
descrA, valA, csrRowPtrA, csrColIndA, x, 0.0, r);
cublasDscal(n,-1.0, r, 1);
cublasDaxpy(n, 1.0, f, 1, r, 1);
//2: Set p=r and \tilde{r}=r
cublasDcopy(n, r, 1, p, 1);
cublasDcopy(n, r, 1, rw,1);
nrmr0 = cublasDnrm2(n, r, 1);

//3: repeat until convergence (based on max. it. and relative residual)
for (i=0; i<maxit; i++){
//4: \rho = \tilde{r}^{T} r
rhop= rho;
rho = cublasDdot(n, rw, 1, r, 1);
if (i > 0){
//12: \beta = (\rho_{i} / \rho_{i-1}) ( \alpha / \omega )
beta= (rho/rhop)*(alpha/omega);
//13: p = r + \beta (p - \omega v)
cublasDaxpy(n,-omega,q, 1, p, 1);
cublasDscal(n, beta, p, 1);
cublasDaxpy(n, 1.0,  r, 1, p, 1);
}
//15: M \hat{p} = p (sparse lower and upper triangular solves)
cusparseDcsrsv_solve(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, 1.0, descrL, valL, csrRowPtrL, csrColIndL,
infoL, p, t);
cusparseDcsrsv_solve(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, 1.0, descrU, valU, csrRowPtrU, csrColIndU,
infoU, t, ph);

//16: q = A \hat{p} (sparse matrix-vector multiplication)
cusparseDcsrmv(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE, n, n, 1.0,
descrA, valA, csrRowPtrA, csrColIndA, ph, 0.0, q);

//17: \alpha = \rho_{i} / (\tilde{r}^{T} q)
temp = cublasDdot(n, rw, 1, q, 1);
alpha= rho/temp;
//18: s = r - \alpha q
cublasDaxpy(n,-alpha, q, 1, r, 1);
//19: x = x + \alpha \hat{p}
cublasDaxpy(n, alpha, ph,1, x, 1);

//20: check for convergence
nrmr = cublasDnrm2(n, r, 1);
if (nrmr/nrmr0 < tol){
break;
}

//23: M \hat{s} = r (sparse lower and upper triangular solves)
cusparseDcsrsv_solve(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, 1.0, descrL, valL, csrRowPtrL, csrColIndL,
infoL, r, t);
cusparseDcsrsv_solve(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE,
n, 1.0, descrU, valU, csrRowPtrU, csrColIndU,
infoU, t, s);

//24: t = A \hat{s} (sparse matrix-vector multiplication)
cusparseDcsrmv(handle, CUSPARSE_OPERATION_NON_TRANSPOSE, n, n, 1.0,
descrA, valA, csrRowPtrA, csrColIndA, s, 0.0, t);

//25: \omega = (t^{T} s) / (t^{T} t)
temp = cublasDdot(n, t, 1, r, 1);
temp2= cublasDdot(n, t, 1, t, 1);
omega= temp/temp2;
//26: x = x + \omega \hat{s}
cublasDaxpy(n, omega, s, 1, x, 1);
//27: r = s - \omega t
cublasDaxpy(n,-omega, t, 1, r, 1);

//check for convergence
nrmr = cublasDnrm2(n, r, 1);
if (nrmr/nrmr0 < tol){
break;
}
}

//destroy the analysis info (for lower and upper triangular factors)
cusparseDestroySolveAnalysisInfo(infoL);
cusparseDestroySolveAnalysisInfo(infoU);


As shown in Figure 2 the majority of time in each iteration of the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioned iterative methods is spent in the sparse matrix-vector multiplication and triangular solve. The sparse matrix-vector multiplication has already been extensively studied in the following references [3], [15]. The sparse triangular solve is not as well known, so we briefly point out the strategy used to explore parallelism in it and refer the reader to the NVIDIA technical report [8] for further details.

To understand the main ideas behind the sparse triangular solve, notice that although the forward and back substitution is an inherently sequential algorithm for dense triangular systems, the dependencies on the previously obtained elements of the solution do not necessarily exist for the sparse triangular systems. We pursue the strategy that takes advantage of the lack of these dependencies and split the solution process into two phases as mentioned in [1], [4], [6], [7], [8], [10], [12], [14].

The analysis phase builds the data dependency graph that groups independent rows into levels based on the matrix sparsity pattern. The solve phase iterates across the constructed levels one-by-one and computes all elements of the solution corresponding to the rows at a single level in parallel. Notice that by construction the rows within each level are independent of each other, but are dependent on at least one row from the previous level.

The analysis phase needs to be performed only once and is usually significantly slower than the solve phase, which can be performed multiple times. This arrangement is ideally suited for the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioned iterative methods.

# 3. Numerical Experiments

In this section we study the performance of the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioned BiCGStab and CG iterative methods. We use twelve matrices selected from The University of Florida Sparse Matrix Collection [18] in our numerical experiments. The seven s.p.d. and five nonsymmetric matrices with the respective number of rows (m), columns (n=m) and non-zero elements (nnz) are grouped and shown according to their increasing order in Table 1.

Table 1. Symmetric Positive Definite (s.p.d.) and Nonsymmetric Test Matrices

#

Matrix

m,n

nnz

s.p.d.

Application

1

offshore

259,789

4,242,673

yes

Geophysics

2

af_shell3

504,855

17,562,051

yes

Mechanics

3

parabolic_fem

525,825

3,674,625

yes

General

4

apache2

715,176

4,817,870

yes

Mechanics

5

ecology2

999,999

4,995,991

yes

Biology

6

thermal2

1,228,045

8,580,313

yes

Thermal Simulation

7

G3_circuit

1,585,478

7,660,826

yes

Circuit Simulation

8

FEM_3D_thermal2

147,900

3,489,300

no

Mechanics

9

thermomech_dK

204,316

2,846,228

no

Mechanics

10

ASIC_320ks

321,671

1,316,08511

no

Circuit Simulation

11

cage13

445,315

7,479,343

no

Biology

12

atmosmodd

1,270,432

8,814,880

no

Atmospheric Model

In the following experiments we use the hardware system with NVIDIA C2050 (ECC on) GPU and Intel Core i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz, using the 64-bit Linux operating system Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, cuSPARSE library 4.0 and MKL 10.2.3.029. The MKL_NUM_THREADS and MKL_DYNAMIC environment variables are left unset to allow MKL to use the optimal number of threads.

We compute the incomplete-LU and Cholesky factorizations using the MKL routines csrilu0 and csrilut with 0 and threshold fill-in, respectively. In the csrilut routine we allow three different levels of fill-in denoted by (5,10-3), (10,10-5) and (20,10-7). In general, the $$\left( k,\mathit{tol} \right)$$ fill-in is based on $$nnz/n + k$$ maximum allowed number of elements per row and the dropping of elements with magnitude $$\left| l_{ij} \middle| , \middle| u_{ij} \middle| < \mathit{tol} \times \left\| \mathbf{a}_{i}^{T} \right\|_{2} \right.$$, where $$l_{ij}$$, $$u_{ij}$$ and $$\mathbf{a}_{i}^{T}$$ are the elements of the lower $$L$$, upper $$U$$ triangular factors and the i-th row of the coefficient matrix $$A$$, respectively.

We compare the implementation of the BiCGStab and CG iterative methods using the cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries on the GPU and MKL on the CPU. In our experiments we let the initial guess be zero, the right-hand-side $$\mathbf{f} = A\mathbf{e}$$ where $$\mathbf{e}^{T}{= (1,\ldots,1)}^{T}$$, and the stopping criteria be the maximum number of iterations 2000 or relative residual $$\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}/\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2} < 10^{- 7}$$, where $$\mathbf{r}_{i} = \mathbf{f} - A\mathbf{x}_{i}$$ is the residual at i-th iteration.

Table 2. csrilu0 Preconditioned CG and BiCGStab Methods

ilu0

CPU

GPU

Speedup

#

fact. time(s)

copy time(s)

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

vs. ilu0

1

0.38

0.02

0.72

8.83E-08

25

1.52

8.83E-08

25

0.57

2

1.62

0.04

38.5

1.00E-07

569

33.9

9.69E-08

571

1.13

3

0.13

0.01

39.2

9.84E-08

1044

6.91

9.84E-08

1044

5.59

4

0.12

0.01

35.0

9.97E-08

713

12.8

9.97E-08

713

2.72

5

0.09

0.01

107

9.98E-08

1746

55.3

9.98E-08

1746

1.92

6

0.40

0.02

155

9.96E-08

1656

54.4

9.79E-08

1656

2.83

7

0.16

0.02

20.2

8.70E-08

183

8.61

8.22E-08

183

2.32

8

0.32

0.02

0.13

5.25E-08

4

0.52

5.25E-08

4

0.53

9

0.20

0.01

72.7

1.96E-04

2000

40.0

2.08E-04

2000

1.80

10

0.11

0.01

0.27

6.33E-08

6

0.12

6.33E-08

6

1.59

11

0.70

0.03

0.28

2.52E-08

2.5

0.15

2.52E-08

2.5

1.10

12

0.25

0.04

12.5

7.33E-08

76.5

4.30

9.69E-08

74.5

2.79

Table 3. csrilut(5,10-3) Preconditioned CG and BiCGStab Methods

ilut(5,10-3)

CPU

GPU

Speedup

#

fact. time(s)

copy time(s)

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

vs. ilut (5,10-3)

vs. ilu0

1

0.14

0.01

1.17

9.70E-08

32

1.82

9.70E-08

32

0.67

0.69

2

0.51

0.03

49.1

9.89E-08

748

33.6

9.89E-08

748

1.45

1.39

3

1.47

0.02

11.7

9.72E-08

216

6.93

9.72E-08

216

1.56

1.86

4

0.17

0.01

67.9

9.96E-08

1495

26.5

9.96E-08

1495

2.56

5.27

5

0.55

0.04

59.5

9.22E-08

653

71.6

9.22E-08

653

0.83

1.08

6

3.59

0.05

47.0

9.50E-08

401

90.1

9.64E-08

401

0.54

0.92

7

1.24

0.05

23.1

8.08E-08

153

24.8

8.08E-08

153

0.93

2.77

8

0.82

0.03

0.12

3.97E-08

2

1.12

3.97E-08

2

0.48

1.10

9

0.10

0.01

54.3

5.68E-04

2000

24.5

1.58E-04

2000

2.21

1.34

10

0.12

0.01

0.16

4.89E-08

4

0.08

6.45E-08

4

1.37

1.15

11

4.99

0.07

0.36

1.40E-08

2.5

0.37

1.40E-08

2.5

0.99

6.05

12

0.32

0.03

39.2

7.05E-08

278.5

10.6

8.82E-08

270.5

3.60

8.60

The results of the numerical experiments are shown in Table 2 through Table 5, where we state the speedup obtained by the iterative method on the GPU over CPU (speedup), number of iterations required for convergence (# it.), achieved relative residual ( $$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$) and time in seconds taken by the factorization (fact.), iterative solution of the linear system (solve), and cudaMemcpy of the lower and upper triangular factors to the GPU (copy). We include the time taken to compute the incomplete-LU and Cholesky factorization as well as to transfer the triangular factors from the CPU to the GPU memory in the computed speedup.

Table 4. csrilut(10,10-5) Preconditioned CG and BiCGStab Methods

ilut(10,10-5)

CPU

GPU

Speedup

#

fact. time(s)

copy time(s)

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

vs. ilut (10,10-5)

vs. ilu0

1

0.15

0.01

1.06

8.79E-08

34

1.96

8.79E-08

34

0.57

0.63

2

0.52

0.03

60.0

9.86E-08

748

38.7

9.86E-08

748

1.54

1.70

3

3.89

0.03

9.02

9.79E-08

147

5.42

9.78E-08

147

1.38

1.83

4

1.09

0.03

34.5

9.83E-08

454

38.2

9.83E-08

454

0.91

2.76

5

3.25

0.06

26.3

9.71E-08

272

55.2

9.71E-08

272

0.51

0.53

6

11.0

0.07

44.7

9.42E-08

263

84.0

9.44E-08

263

0.59

1.02

7

5.95

0.09

8.84

8.53E-08

43

17.0

8.53E-08

43

0.64

1.68

8

2.94

0.04

0.09

2.10E-08

1.5

1.75

2.10E-08

1.5

0.64

3.54

9

0.11

0.01

53.2

4.24E-03

2000

24.4

4.92E-03

2000

2.18

1.31

10

0.12

0.01

0.16

4.89E-11

4

0.08

6.45E-11

4

1.36

1.18

11

2.89

0.09

0.44

6.10E-09

2.5

0.48

6.10E-09

2.5

1.00

33.2

12

0.36

0.03

36.6

7.05E-08

278.5

10.6

8.82E-08

270.5

3.35

8.04

Table 5. csrilut(20,10-7) Preconditioned CG and BiCGStab Methods

ilut(20,10-7)

CPU

GPU

Speedup

#

fact. time(s)

copy time(s)

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

solve time(s)

$$\frac{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{i} \right\|_{2}}{\left\| \mathbf{r}_{0} \right\|_{2}}$$

# it.

vs. ilut (20,10-7)

vs. ilu0

1

0.82

0.02

47.6

9.90E-08

1297

159

9.86E-08

1292

0.30

25.2

2

9.21

0.11

32.1

8.69E-08

193

84.6

8.67E-08

193

0.44

1.16

3

10.04

0.04

6.26

9.64E-08

90

4.75

9.64E-08

90

1.10

2.36

4

8.12

0.10

15.7

9.02E-08

148

22.5

9.02E-08

148

0.78

1.84

5

8.60

0.10

21.2

9.52E-08

158

53.6

9.52E-08

158

0.48

0.54

6

35.2

0.11

29.2

9.88E-08

162

80.5

9.88E-08

162

0.56

1.18

7

23.1

0.14

3.79

7.50E-08

14

12.1

7.50E-08

14

0.76

3.06

8

5.23

0.05

0.14

1.19E-09

1.5

2.37

1.19E-09

1.5

0.70

6.28

9

0.12

0.01

55.1

3.91E-03

2000

24.4

2.27E-03

2000

2.25

1.36

10

0.14

0.01

0.14

9.35E-08

3.5

0.07

7.19E-08

3.5

1.28

1.18

11

218

0.12

0.43

9.80E-08

2

0.66

9.80E-08

2

1.00

12

15.0

0.21

12.2

3.45E-08

31

4.95

3.45E-08

31

1.35

5.93

The summary of performance of BiCGStab and CG iterative methods preconditioned with different incomplete factorizations on the GPU is shown in Figure 3, where “*” indicates that the method did not converge to the required tolerance. Notice that in general in our numerical experiments the performance for the incomplete factorizations decreases as the threshold parameters are relaxed and the factorization becomes more dense, thus inhibiting parallelism due to data dependencies between rows in the sparse triangular solve. For this reason, the best performance on the GPU is obtained for the incomplete-LU and Cholesky factorization with 0 fill-in, which will be our point of reference.

Although the incomplete factorizations with a more relaxed threshold are often closer to the exact factorization and thus result in fewer iterative steps, they are also much more expensive to compute. Moreover, notice that even though the number of iterative steps decreases, each step is more computationally expensive. As a result of these tradeoffs the total time, the sum of the time taken by the factorization and the iterative solve, for the iterative method does not necessarily decrease with a more relaxed threshold in our numerical experiments.

The speedup based on the total time taken by the preconditioned iterative method on the GPU with csrilu0 preconditioner and CPU with all four preconditioners is shown in Figure 4. Notice that for majority of matrices in our numerical experiments the implementation of the iterative method using the cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries does indeed outperform the MKL.

Finally, the average of the obtained speedups is shown in Figure 5, where we have excluded the runs with cage13 matrix for ilut(10,10-5) and runs with offshore and cage13 matrices for ilut(20,10-7) incomplete factorizations because of their disproportional speedup. However, the speedup including these runs is shown in parenthesis on the same plot. Consequently, we can conclude that the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioned BiCGStab and CG iterative methods obtain on average more than 2x speedup on the GPU over their CPU implementation.

# 4. Conclusion

The performance of the iterative methods depends highly on the sparsity pattern of the coefficient matrix at hand. In our numerical experiments the incomplete-LU and Cholesky preconditioned BiCGStab and CG iterative methods implemented on the GPU using the cuSPARSE and cuBLAS libraries achieved an average of 2x speedup over their MKL implementation.

The sparse matrix-vector multiplication and triangular solve, which is split into a slower analysis phase that needs to be performed only once and a faster solve phase that can be performed multiple times, were the essential building blocks of these iterative methods. In fact the obtained speedup was usually mostly influenced by the time taken by the solve phase of the algorithm.

Finally, we point out that the use of multiple-right-hand-sides would increase the available parallelism and can result in a significant relative performance improvement in the preconditioned iterative methods. Also, the development of incomplete-LU and Cholesky factorizations using CUDA parallel programming paradigm can further improve the obtained speedup.

# 5. Acknowledgements

This white paper was authored by Maxim Naumov for NVIDIA Corporation.

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