PIMS/AMI Seminar: The Fastest Convolution in the West

  • Date: 04/13/2010
John C. Bowman (UA)

University of Alberta


Efficient algorithms have recently been developed for calculating dealiased linear convolution sums without the expense of conventional zero-padding or phase-shift techniques. For one-dimensional in-place convolutions, the memory requirements are identical with the zero-padding technique, with the important distinction that the additional work memory need not be contiguous with the input data. This decoupling of data and work arrays dramatically reduces the memory and computation time required to evaluate higher-dimensional in-place convolutions. The memory savings is achieved by computing the in-place Fourier transform of the data set in blocks, rather than all at once. The technique also allows one to dealias the hyperconvolutions that arise on Fourier transforming cubic and higher powers.

Implicitly dealiased convolutions can be built on top of state-of-the-art adaptive fast Fourier transform libraries like FFTW. Vectorized multidimensional implementations for the complex and centered Hermitian (pseudospectral) cases have already been implemented in the open-source software FFTW++. With the advent of this library, writing a high-performance dealiased pseudospectral code for solving nonlinear partial differential equations has now become a relatively straightforward exercise.


3:30pm, CAB 657.