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Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:58:07 +0200
From: Dániel Bali <>
Subject: Re: sha3-opencl


Here are some results of the profiler for the keccak256 OpenCL kernel.
The results are for a Turks (AMD Radeon HD 7600M Serie) GPU on which I had
919K c/s (real) performance.
Here is some explanation for what the values mean:

VGPRs: 43
ScratchRegs: 23 ("If non zero, this is typically the main bottleneck. To
reduce this number, reduce the number of GPRs used by the kernel.")
KernelOccupancy: 15.625 (The limiting factor is the # of VGPRs available)
ALUBusy (%): ~16 (This is bad)
ALUPacking (%): 73 (This is okay, could be better)
CacheHit (%): 0 (No caching happens)
PathUtilization (%): 100

Another very useful feature is the kernel analyzer which shows statistics
for different architectures. Here is what it shows for Tahiti and Turks in

(Tahiti / Turks)
ScratchRegs: 0 / 23
MaxVGPRs: 256 / 248
VGPRs: 199 / 43

This means that we aren't bottlenecked by ScratchRegs on Tahiti.
What's strange is that even though Turks should allow 248 VGPRs the kernel
only uses 43 in practice.


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