We present an analysis on optimizing performance of a single C++11 source
code using the Alpaka hardware abstraction library. For this we use the general
matrix multiplication (GEMM) algorithm in order to show that compilers can
optimize Alpaka code effectively when tuning key parameters of the algorithm...
We do not intend to rival existing, highly optimized DGEMM versions, but merely
choose this example to prove that Alpaka allows for platform-specific tuning
with a single source code. In addition we analyze the optimization potential
available with vendor-specific compilers when confronted with the heavily
templated abstractions of Alpaka. We specifically test the code for bleeding
edge architectures such as Nvidia's Tesla P100, Intel's Knights Landing (KNL)
and Haswell architecture as well as IBM's Power8 system. On some of these we
are able to reach almost 50\% of the peak floating point operation performance
using the aforementioned means. When adding compiler-specific #pragmas we are
able to reach 5 TFLOPS/s on a P100 and over 1 TFLOPS/s on a KNL system.