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Multi-core processors are no longer the future of computing-they are the present day reality. A typical mass-produced CPU features multiple processor cores, while a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) may have hundreds or even thousands of cores. With the rise of multi-core architectures has come the need to teach advanced programmers a new and essential skill: how to program massively parallel processors.
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Programming Massively Parallel Processors: A Hands-on Approach

5 thoughts on “Programming Massively Parallel Processors: A Hands-on Approach”

  1. One of the problems with many parallel programming books is that they take too general of an approach, which can leave the reader to figure out how to implement the ideas using the library of his/her choosing. There’s certainly a place for such a book in the world, but not if you want to get up and running quickly.

    Programming Massively Parallel Processors presents parallel programming from the perspective of someone programming an NVIDIA GPU using their CUDA platform. From matrix multiplication (the “hello world” of the parallel computing world) to fine-tuned optimization, this book walks the reader through step by step not only how to do it, but how to think about it for any arbitrary problem.

    The introduction mentions that this book does not require a background in computer architecture or C/C++ programming experience, and while that’s largely true, I think it would be extremely helpful to come into a topic like this with at least some exposure in those areas.

    Summary: this book is the best reference I’ve found for learning parallel programming “the CUDA way”. Many of the concepts will carry over to other approaches (OpenMP, MPI, etc.), but this is by and large a CUDA book. Highly recommended.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. As a beginning text this book has a significant advantage that beginning texts written for MPI, OpenMP, and so on don’t have: there are 200 million CUDA-capable GPUs already deployed, and the odds are pretty good that most readers either have, or can readily get access to, a computer on which they can meaningfully learn parallel programming. If you are new to parallel programming and have access to a Tesla GPU, this book is a fine place to start your education. Readers already comfortable with parallel programming will find clear explanations of the Tesla GPU architecture and the performance implications of its hardware features, as well as a solid introduction to the principles of programming in CUDA, though they’ll probably do a lot of skimming over the already-familiar basics.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. This book fills a nice gap between the SDK samples, technical specifications, and online course content. If you are just getting started with GPGPU computing, this book leads you smoothly through the computation model, hardware architecture, and the programming model required to take advantage of the hardware.

    As others have pointed out, this is not a large book and fairly expensive. But, for the first book on the market it’s surprisingly useful, effective, and readable. Definitely recommended for newcomers to the platform. Experienced GPGPU developers should only pick it up as a “hand out” for the people you need to train up, though.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. I think this book was written with the beginner in mind – if you’re new to CUDA and having issues with understanding NVIDIA’s documentation on the subject then this is the book to get. The author(s) took time to clarify and solidify some of the more difficult terms to understand e.g. memory bandwidth utilization, optimizing strategies but there are shortcomings in the book and two i could think of are typos (this really an issue cos it happens to every other book i’ve read) and the other would be using more examples to solidify concepts and illustrating them.

    In a nutshell, a great beginner’s book but not a handbook sort of book.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. the book is frankly overhyped and for $69b barely 200 pages book is overpriced. while i was looking for something solid to read beyond cuda programming guide, sort of text book, the book falls quite short it it.

    99.9% of information listed there is already available on internet, it seems that book has been worked on in a rush. there are some interesting insights there about memory allocation and thread assignment i would have expected book to pack a lot more punch.
    Rating: 2 / 5

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