The massively parallel mapping and code described in this chapter is generic and can be applied to a broad spectrum of numerical optimization and machine-learning algorithms ranging from neural networks to support vector machines to expectation maximization and independent components analysis. Many of these techniques are heavily used in lucrative data-mining and social media workflows as well as real-time robotics, computer vision, signal processing and augmented reality applications.
The code in this chapter (the farbopt teaching code) demonstrates that it is possible to exceed a TF/s of average sustained performance on a single Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor (KNC) using only user-written C-code (no optimized libraries needed). The MPI version described In this chapter can run with near-linear scalability and petascale performance on the current generation of leadership class supercomputers. It is expected this same mapping is exascale capable, an assertion that can be tested when such a machine is built. Both high performance and large memory make the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor family an ideal platform for training on the large data sets that are required to solve complex and high-dimensional pattern recognition problems. However, the goodness does not stop with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors as the optimized models produced by the code in this chapter can be used on ultra-low-power and small memory-footprint devices such as CPUs, DSPs, FPGA, and ASICs to perform a variety of real-time and robotic tasks.
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