Systemic computation using graphics processors

PJ Bentley, Hooman Shayani, M Rouhipour

Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware, Lecture Notes in Computer Science
2010

Abstract

Previous work created the systemic computer – a model of computation designed to exploit many natural properties observed in biological systems, including parallelism. The approach has been proven through two existing implementations and many biological models and visualizations. However to date the systemic computer implementations have all been sequential simulations that do not exploit the true potential of the model. In this paper the first parallel implementation of systemic computation is introduced. The GPU Systemic Computation Architecture is the first implementation that enables parallel systemic computation by exploiting multiple cores available in graphics processors. Comparisons with the serial implementation when running a genetic algorithm at different scales show that as the number of systems increases, the parallel architecture is several hundred times faster than the existing implementations, making it feasible to investigate systemic models of more complex biological systems.

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