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On the Virtualization of CUDA Based GPU Remoting on ARM and X86 Machines in the GVirtuS Framework


The astonishing development of diverse and different hardware platforms is twofold: on one side, the challenge for the exascale performance for big data processing and management; on the other side, the mobile and embedded devices for data collection and human machine interaction. This drove to a highly hierarchical evolution of programming models. GVirtuS is the general virtualization system developed in 2009 and firstly introduced in 2010 enabling a completely transparent layer among GPUs and VMs. This paper shows the latest achievements and developments of GVirtuS, now supporting CUDA 6.5, memory management and scheduling. Thanks to the new and improved remoting capabilities, GVirtus now enables GPU sharing among physical and virtual machines based on x86 and ARM CPUs on local workstations, computing clusters and distributed cloud appliances.

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This research has been supported mainly by the Grant Agreement number: 644312 - RAPID - H2020-ICT-2014/H2020-ICT-2014-1 “Heterogeneous Secure Multi-level Remote Acceleration Service for Low-Power Integrated Systems and Devices”, in part by the project IZS ME04/12 RC/C78C120017001 “Mapping Escherichia Coli and Salmonella pollution in mussel farm areas and model prediction comparisons”, in part by the University of Naples Parthenope - Department of Science and Technologies “Weather/marine extreme event simulation with Galaxy-ES (Earth System) scientific workflow engine and cloud computing tools” Research Project, and in part by the University of Naples Federico II - Department of Mathematics “Approcci Innovativi per la Risoluzione di Modelli di Interesse nelle Simulazioni Computazionali” Research Project Grant Agreement.

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Montella, R., Giunta, G., Laccetti, G. et al. On the Virtualization of CUDA Based GPU Remoting on ARM and X86 Machines in the GVirtuS Framework. Int J Parallel Prog 45, 1142–1163 (2017).

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