Monday, November 6, 2023

Etnaviv NPU update 10: Upstreaming and TP jobs update

 If you remember the last update two weeks ago, I got MobileNetV1 working with good performance, and I was planning to move to upstreaming my changes to the Linux kernel and Mesa.

One of the kernel patches is now queued for the 6.7 release of the Linux kernel, and the other one has just been resent for reviews.

Regarding Mesa, I have made several cleanups and have started getting great review comments from Christian Gmeiner.

While waiting for feedback, I have started work on using the TP cores for tensor manipulation, which should be many times faster  than the naive code I was running on the CPU for this.

Got some jobs producing the correct results, but I'm facing a problem with the GPU hanging right afterwards. Have already made a pass at the whole set of data that is sent to the HW (unit configuration, command stream and registers), but haven't found yet the problem. I will next improve the tooling around this and get a better view of the differences.

I hacked Mesa to use the out-of-tree driver and my code works that way, so it has to be something at the kernel driver.

During the next weeks I will keep incorporating feedback and see how I can fix the GPU hang on TP jobs.

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