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Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:25:30 +0200
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: OpenCL kernel max running time vs. "ASIC hang"

On 2012-06-26 02:02, Bit Weasil wrote:
>> (...) We may invoke the kernel more than once from one crypt_all()
>> call, sequentially.  For example, the 256k may be achieved by 256
>> invocations of a kernel doing 1k iterations.  This would bring the
>> 9 seconds down to 35 ms per kernel invocation.  Perhaps the
>> intermediate results can even stay in the GPU between those
>> invocations.
> This is what I do with my rainbow table generation (which is, in
> many cases, functionally the same as a "slow" kernel).  I take an
> initial password, hash/reduce it many times (say, 200 000 for my
> current tables), and store the end result.  I do this with tunable
> kernel execution times (this is the task that was getting ASIC hangs
> until I adjusted it down).
> I simply store the intermediate values in the GPU global memory.
> The access (if done sanely) is coalesced, and is roughly speaking a
> "best case" memory access pattern for both the load and the store.
> I'm using a high resolution timer class to dynamically adjust the
> work done per kernel invocation.  If I'm below 90% or above 110% of
> my target time, I adjust the steps per invocation for the next call.
> It seems to work nicely, and also properly handles conditions like an
> overheating GPU that throttles, or someone gaming in the background.

You make it sound very easy :)

> It shouldn't be difficult to take a single execution kernel and break
> it into multiple steps.  If you would like a starting point, the
> Cryptohaze tools have this done for all the GPU kernels - feel free
> to take a look around.

Thanks, I will do that!


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