A Survey on Graph Processing Accelerators: Challenges and Opportunities [article]

Chuangyi Gui, Long Zheng, Bingsheng He, Cheng Liu, Xinyu Chen, Xiaofei Liao, Hai Jin
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Graph is a well known data structure to represent the associated relationships in a variety of applications, e.g., data science and machine learning. Despite a wealth of existing efforts on developing graph processing systems for improving the performance and/or energy efficiency on traditional architectures, dedicated hardware solutions, also referred to as graph processing accelerators, are essential and emerging to provide the benefits significantly beyond those pure software solutions can
more » ... fer. In this paper, we conduct a systematical survey regarding the design and implementation of graph processing accelerator. Specifically, we review the relevant techniques in three core components toward a graph processing accelerator: preprocessing, parallel graph computation and runtime scheduling. We also examine the benchmarks and results in existing studies for evaluating a graph processing accelerator. Interestingly, we find that there is not an absolute winner for all three aspects in graph acceleration due to the diverse characteristics of graph processing and complexity of hardware configurations. We finially present to discuss several challenges in details, and to further explore the opportunities for the future research.
arXiv:1902.10130v1 fatcat:p5lzlf3gubckfpu4eowgo4myi4