OpenPOWER Summit 2021

Draft SVP64 in-place Matrix Multiply and FFT / DCT for OpenPOWER
2021-10-28, 13:00–13:45, RoomB

Advanced Cray-style Vectors are being developed for the Power ISA, as a
Draft Extension for submission to the new OpenPOWER ISA Working Group,
named SVP64. Whilst in-place Matrix Multiply was planned for a much
later advanced version of SVP64, an investigation into putting FFMPEG's
MP3 CODEC inner loop into Vectorised Assembler resulted in such a large
drop in code size (over 4x reduction) that it warranted priority
investigation.

Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT), Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT)
and Number-Theory Transform (NTT) form the basis of too numerous
high-priority algorithms to count. Normal SIMD Processors and even
normal Vector Processors have a hard time dealing with them: inspecting
FFMPEG's source code reveals that heavily optimised inline assembler (no
loops, just hundreds to thousands of lines of assembler) is not uncommon.

The focus of this NLnet-sponsored research is therefore to create enhancements
to SVP64 to be able to cover DFT, DCT, NTT and Matrix-Multiply entirely
in-place. In-place is crucially important for many applications (3D, Video)
to keep power consumption down by avoiding register spill as well as L1/L2
cache strip-mining. General-purpose RADIX-2 DCT and complex DFT will be
shown and explained, as well as the in-place Matrix Multiply which does
not require transposing or register spill for any sized (including non-power-of-two)
Matrices up to 128 FMACs. The basics of SVP64, covered in the Overview [1], will also
be briefly described.

[1] https://libre-soc.org/openpower/sv/overview/


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