A Comparison of Accelerator Architectures for Scientific Computing

Sabine McConnell (Trent University), Sabine McConnell, Andrew Mayne, Robert Sturgeon, and Richard Hurley


The use of accelerators as dedicated computational devices has established itself as a powerful yet often restricted tool in a variety of application areas today. Here, we highlight strengths and weaknesses of three common accelerator techniques available: Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture, and Graphics Processing Units. We evaluate and compare key issues such as the ease of use, hardware cost, possible future developments, availability, programming environments, and applications for which each is suitable.

Paper ID: P096

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