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- ItemReducing thread divergence in a GPU-accelerated branch-and-bound algorithm(2013) Chakroun, Imen; Mezmaz, Mohand; Melab, Nouredine; Bendjoudi, AhcèneIn this paper, we address the design and implementation of GPU-accelerated Branch-and-Bound algorithms (B&B) for solving Flow-shop scheduling optimization problems (FSP). Such applications are CPU-time consuming and highly irregular. On the other hand, GPUs are massively multi-threaded accelerators using the SIMD model at execution. A major issue which raises when executing on GPU a B&B applied to FSP is thread or branch divergence. Such divergence is caused by the lower bound function of FSP which contains many irregular loops and conditional instructions. Our challenge is therefore to revisit the design and implementation of B&B applied to FSP dealing with thread divergence. Extensive experiments of the proposed approach have been carried out on well-known FSP benchmarks using an Nvidia Tesla C2050 GPU card. Compared to a CPU-based execution, accelerations up to ×77.46 are achieved for large problem instances.
- ItemSolving the three dimensional quadratic assignment problem on a computational grid(Springer US, 2013-10) Mezmaz, Mohand; Mehdi, Malika; Bouvry, P.The exact resolution of large instances of combinatorial optimization problems, such as three dimensional quadratic assignment problem (Q3AP), is a real challenge for grid computing. Indeed, it is necessary to reconsider the resolution algorithms and take into account the characteristics of such environments, especially large scale and dynamic availability of resources, and their multi-domain administration. In this paper, we revisit the design and implementation of the branch and bound algorithm for solving large combinatorial optimization problems such as Q3AP on the computational grids. Such gridification is based on new ways to efficiently deal with some crucial issues, mainly dynamic adaptive load balancing and fault tolerance. Our new approach allowed the exact resolution on a nation-wide grid of a difficult Q3AP instance. To solve this instance, an average of 1,123 computing cores were used for less than 12 days with a peak of around 3,427 computing cores.