Metaprogramming for Accelerators

Metaprogramming for Accelerators

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Metacca is a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) through a directive for funding for “basic research for HPC software in high-performance computing”. The goal of Metacca is to extend the AnyDSL framework into a homogeneous programming environment for heterogeneous single- and multi-node systems. To this effect, the existing programming language and compiler will be extended by an expressive type system and language features enabling efficient programming of accelerators. Significant aspects of this extension concern the modeling of memory on heterogeneous devices, distribution of data to multiple compute nodes and improving the precision and power of the partial evaluation approach.

Within the project further support for distribution and synchronization for data-parallel programs will be built on top of these language enhancements as a library making use of AnyDSL’s partial evaluation features. Performance models and static analysis tools will be integrated into the AnyDSL tool chain to support development of applications and tuning of parameters. A runtime environment with built-in performance profiling will take care of resource management and system configuration. The resulting framework is evaluated using applications from bioinformatics and ray tracing. The target platforms are single heterogeneous nodes and clusters with several accelerators.


  • Universität des Saarlandes (UdS: Konsortialleitung)
  • Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI)
  • Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen (RRZE)
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (JGU)

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Contact Person
Dr.-Ing. Richard Membarth

Publications about the project

Roland Leißa, Klaas Boesche, Sebastian Hack, Arsène Pérard-Gayot, Richard Membarth, Philipp Slusallek, André Müller, Bertil Schmidt

In: Proceedings of the ACM on Programming Languages (PACMPL) Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA). 2 OOPSLA Pages 119-1 ACM 11/2018.

To the publication
Mehmet Akif Özkan, Arsène Pérard-Gayot, Richard Membarth, Philipp Slusallek, Jürgen Teich, Frank Hannig

In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on FPGAs for Software Programmers (FSP). International Workshop on FPGAs for Software Programmers (FSP-2018) August 31 Dublin Ireland Pages 1-9 VDE 8/2018.

To the publication

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz