Defining a Methodology Based on GPU Delegation for Developing MABS Using GPGPU

Emmanuel Hermellin 1 Fabien Michel 1
1 SMILE - Système Multi-agent, Interaction, Langage, Evolution
LIRMM - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier
Abstract : Multi-Agent Based Simulation (MABS) is used to study complex systems in many research domains. As the number of modeled agents is constantly growing, using General-Purpose Computing on Graphics Units (GPGPU) appears to be very promising as it allows to use the massively parallel architecture of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) to do High Performance Computing (HPC). However, this technology relies on a highly specialized architecture, implying a very specific programming approach. So, to benefit from GPU power, a MABS model need to be adapted to the GPU programming paradigm. Contrary to some recent research works that propose to hide GPU programming to ease the use of GPGPU, we present in this paper a methodology for modeling and implementing MABS using GPU programming. The idea is to be able to consider any kind of MABS rather than addressing a limited number of cases. This methodology defines the iterative process to be followed to transform and adapt a model so that it takes advantage of the GPU power without hiding the underlying technology. We experiment this methodology on two MABS models to test its feasibility and highlight the advantages and limits of this approach.
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Emmanuel Hermellin, Fabien Michel. Defining a Methodology Based on GPU Delegation for Developing MABS Using GPGPU. MABS: Multi-Agent Based Simulation, May 2016, Singapore, Singapore. pp.24-41, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-67477-3_2⟩. ⟨lirmm-02020851⟩



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