Ginkgo: A Modern Linear Operator Algebra Framework for High Performance Computing

TitleGinkgo: A Modern Linear Operator Algebra Framework for High Performance Computing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsAnzt, H., T. Cojean, G. Flegar, F. Göbel, T. Grützmacher, P. Nayak, T. Ribizel, Y. Mike Tsai, and E. S. Quintana-Ortí
JournalACM Transactions on Mathematical Software
Pagination1 - 33
Date Published2022-03

In this article, we present Ginkgo, a modern C++ math library for scientific high performance computing. While classical linear algebra libraries act on matrix and vector objects, Ginkgo’s design principle abstracts all functionality as “linear operators,” motivating the notation of a “linear operator algebra library.” Ginkgo’s current focus is oriented toward providing sparse linear algebra functionality for high performance graphics processing unit (GPU) architectures, but given the library design, this focus can be easily extended to accommodate other algorithms and hardware architectures. We introduce this sophisticated software architecture that separates core algorithms from architecture-specific backends and provide details on extensibility and sustainability measures. We also demonstrate Ginkgo’s usability by providing examples on how to use its functionality inside the MFEM and deal.ii finite element ecosystems. Finally, we offer a practical demonstration of Ginkgo’s high performance on state-of-the-art GPU architectures.

Short TitleACM Trans. Math. Softw.
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