4 July 2018 at 8 h 29 min #11253skywaverParticipant
I rebuild to use SofaCUDA for using CUDA functionality, and loaded ‘raptor-cuda.scn’ on runsofa.
When I animate this scene, Everything was looked all right.
But when pulling mesh, GPU usage went just upto 25% with
low frame rate. ( GPU was working, this is clear. )
And, when I tried to cut raptor-mesh by pushing shift+Mouse right drag, sofarun crashed.
So, My questions are two:
1) How to use maximum performance of GPU with SofaCUDA?
2) How to cut sofamesh at GPU sofa scene or model? Show me some example scene or information.
Thanks for reading.6 July 2018 at 10 h 47 min #11258HugoKeymaster
- SOFA Consortium
This is great to see that you’re getting in with SOFACuda!!
1) to use the maximum performance of the GPU:
– First of all you need a powerful GPU card! What is the one you are using?
– To benefit of a great acceleration, the amount of parallelizable tasks must be very high, i.e. the number of DOFs of your object must be high enough. Otherwise, the interest of parallelization won’t be notice, i.e. the cost of copy between CPU and GPU might be to high compared to the computation itself.
– Finally, the GPU implementation of all components in the scene (Mass, ForceField, Solver ..) must be as optimized as possible.
I have not SofaCUDA compiled on my current laptop, I will have a look when I get back to my office. Does anyone has additional advices/infos ?
2) about cutting on GPU, I am not sure it has already been widely investigated in SOFA. You might not be able to find built-in examples. However, this is possible to implement. The memory sharing between CPU and GPU must be carefully done since topology information changes at runtime.
Never hesitate to ask support, we are happy to assist you in your work!
Hugo6 July 2018 at 11 h 28 min #11260skywaverParticipant
Thanks for replying.
I’m using NVIDIA GeForce TITAN XP on my sofacuda project.
My question is.. why GPU usage is not full (just 25%) with low frame rate.
As you said, some performance calibration may need for SCN scene setting..
I wonder if any person/team/company is using sofacuda for cutting FEM mesh.
If there is some example, let me know.
skywaver6 July 2018 at 17 h 22 min #11263VincentParticipant
- École polytechnique de Montréal
There are multiple factors that can impact GPU performance. The raptor-cuda.scn model has about 20000 elements, which in theory would be enough to fill a Titan Xp. However, the occupancy will depend on how many blocks of threads can fit on each SM, which depends on the size of the blocks and on how many registers the kernels use.
The low occupancy would explain why only 25% of your GPU is being used. To know exactly what prevents it from being fully used, you should use the visual profiler that comes with the CUDA SDK. It will tell you exactly what kernels could be improved and how.
The profiler will also tell you the bottleneck that leads to a low frame rate. It would either be the memory transfers or the kernels. The reason is probably that it simply takes a long time to compute the force field. To decrease that time you would need to increase the occupancy of the GPU.
On my computer (with a GTX 1050 Ti), GPU usage reaches about 40%, with about 45 frames per second. When I used CUDA a while ago, the bottleneck was the GPU was not fully used, and the memory transfers had little immpact.
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