Multi-threaded Support Vector Machines for Pattern Recognition

  • João Gonçalves
  • Noel Lopes
  • Bernardete Ribeiro
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7664)


Support Vector Machines (SVM) have become indispensable tools in the area of pattern recognition. They show powerful classification and regression performance in highly non-linear problems by mapping the input vectors nonlinearly into a high-dimensional feature space through a kernel function. However, the optimization task is numerically expensive since single-threaded implementations are hardly able to cope up with the complex learning task. In this paper, we present a multi-threaded implementation of the Sequential Minimal Optimization (SMO) which reduces the numerical complexity by parallelizing the KKT conditions update, the calculation of the hyperplane offset and the classification task. Our preliminary results both in benchmark datasets and real-world problems show competitive performance to the state-of-the-art tools while the execution running times are considerably faster.


SVM OpenMP sequential minimal optimization (SMO) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João Gonçalves
    • 1
  • Noel Lopes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bernardete Ribeiro
    • 1
  1. 1.CISUC, Department of Informatics EngineeringUniversity of CoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.UDI/IPG - Research UnitPolytechnic Institute of GuardaPortugal

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