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CUDA Fortran for Scientists and Engineers

By Gregory Ruetsch and Massimiliano Fatica (2013)
Morgan Kaufmann


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  • Leverage the power of GPU computing with PGI’s CUDA Fortran compiler
  • Gain insights from members of the CUDA Fortran language development team
  • Includes multi-GPU programming in CUDA Fortran, covering both peer-to-peer and message passing interface (MPI) approaches
  • Includes full source code for all the examples and several case studies
  • Download source code and slides from the book’s companion website


CUDA Fortran for Scientists and Engineers shows how high-performance application developers can leverage the power of GPUs using Fortran, the familiar language of scientific computing and supercomputer performance benchmarking. The authors presume no prior parallel computing experience, and cover the basics along with best practices for efficient GPU computing using CUDA Fortran.

To help you add CUDA Fortran to existing Fortran codes, the book explains how to understand the target GPU architecture, identify computationally intensive parts of the code, and modify the code to manage the data and parallelism and optimize performance. All of this is done in Fortran, without having to rewrite in another language. Each concept is illustrated with actual examples so you can immediately evaluate the performance of your code in comparison.


Part I: CUDA Fortran Programming

Chapter 1. Introduction


1.1 A brief history of GPU computing

1.2 Parallel computation

1.3 Basic concepts

1.4 Determining CUDA hardware features and limits

1.5 Error handling

1.6 Compiling CUDA Fortran code

Chapter 2. Performance Measurement and Metrics


2.1 Measuring kernel execution time

2.2 Instruction, bandwidth, and latency bound kernels

2.3 Memory bandwidth

Chapter 3. Optimization


3.1 Transfers between host and device

3.2 Device memory

3.3 On-chip memory

3.4 Memory optimization example: matrix transpose

3.5 Execution configuration

3.6 Instruction optimization

3.7 Kernel loop directives

Chapter 4. Multi-GPU Programming


4.1 CUDA multi-GPU features

4.2 Multi-GPU Programming with MPI

Part II: Case Studies

Chapter 5. Monte Carlo Method



5.2 Computing with CUF kernels

5.3 Computing with reduction kernels

5.4 Accuracy of summation

5.5 Option pricing

Chapter 6. Finite Difference Method


6.1 Nine-Point 1D finite difference stencil

6.2 2D Laplace equation

Chapter 7. Applications of Fast Fourier Transform



7.2 Spectral derivatives

7.3 Convolution

7.4 Poisson Solver

Part III: Appendices

Appendix A. Tesla Specifications

Appendix B. System and Environment Management

B.1 Environment variables

B.2 nvidia-smi System Management Interface

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