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Accelerating fibre orientation estimation from diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging using GPUs.

Hernández M, Guerrero GD, Cecilia JM, García JM, Inuggi A, Jbabdi S, Behrens TE, Sotiropoulos SN - PLoS ONE (2013)

Bottom Line: With the performance of central processing units (CPUs) having effectively reached a limit, parallel processing offers an alternative for applications with high computational demands.We show that the parameter estimation, performed through Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), is accelerated by at least two orders of magnitude, when comparing a single GPU with the respective sequential single-core CPU version.We also illustrate similar speed-up factors (up to 120x) when comparing a multi-GPU with a multi-CPU implementation.

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Affiliation: Department of Computer Science, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain. moises.hernandez@um.es

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With the performance of central processing units (CPUs) having effectively reached a limit, parallel processing offers an alternative for applications with high computational demands. Modern graphics processing units (GPUs) are massively parallel processors that can execute simultaneously thousands of light-weight processes. In this study, we propose and implement a parallel GPU-based design of a popular method that is used for the analysis of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). More specifically, we are concerned with a model-based approach for extracting tissue structural information from diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI data. DW-MRI offers, through tractography approaches, the only way to study brain structural connectivity, non-invasively and in-vivo. We parallelise the Bayesian inference framework for the ball & stick model, as it is implemented in the tractography toolbox of the popular FSL software package (University of Oxford). For our implementation, we utilise the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) programming model. We show that the parameter estimation, performed through Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), is accelerated by at least two orders of magnitude, when comparing a single GPU with the respective sequential single-core CPU version. We also illustrate similar speed-up factors (up to 120x) when comparing a multi-GPU with a multi-CPU implementation.

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Comparison of single-core CPU and GPU execution times (in log scale) running the MCMC algorithm with speed gains over two orders of magnitude: (a) As the number of MCMC iterations are increased, and (b) as the number of voxels per slice are increased.The execution times for (a) are for a slice of 4804 voxels and for (b) for 1000 MCMC iterations. For each case, results are shown for different number K of gradient directions (64, 128 and 256) and for estimating  fibres.
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pone-0061892-g009: Comparison of single-core CPU and GPU execution times (in log scale) running the MCMC algorithm with speed gains over two orders of magnitude: (a) As the number of MCMC iterations are increased, and (b) as the number of voxels per slice are increased.The execution times for (a) are for a slice of 4804 voxels and for (b) for 1000 MCMC iterations. For each case, results are shown for different number K of gradient directions (64, 128 and 256) and for estimating fibres.

Mentions: The total execution times of the bedpostX application on a single-core CPU and a GPU are shown in Figure 9 for processing the whole dataset (30 slices). Execution times are plotted against the number of fibres L to be estimated and for different number K of gradient directions. Table 3 summarizes the speed-up factors obtained for bedpostX.


Accelerating fibre orientation estimation from diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging using GPUs.

Hernández M, Guerrero GD, Cecilia JM, García JM, Inuggi A, Jbabdi S, Behrens TE, Sotiropoulos SN - PLoS ONE (2013)

Comparison of single-core CPU and GPU execution times (in log scale) running the MCMC algorithm with speed gains over two orders of magnitude: (a) As the number of MCMC iterations are increased, and (b) as the number of voxels per slice are increased.The execution times for (a) are for a slice of 4804 voxels and for (b) for 1000 MCMC iterations. For each case, results are shown for different number K of gradient directions (64, 128 and 256) and for estimating  fibres.
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pone-0061892-g009: Comparison of single-core CPU and GPU execution times (in log scale) running the MCMC algorithm with speed gains over two orders of magnitude: (a) As the number of MCMC iterations are increased, and (b) as the number of voxels per slice are increased.The execution times for (a) are for a slice of 4804 voxels and for (b) for 1000 MCMC iterations. For each case, results are shown for different number K of gradient directions (64, 128 and 256) and for estimating fibres.
Mentions: The total execution times of the bedpostX application on a single-core CPU and a GPU are shown in Figure 9 for processing the whole dataset (30 slices). Execution times are plotted against the number of fibres L to be estimated and for different number K of gradient directions. Table 3 summarizes the speed-up factors obtained for bedpostX.

Bottom Line: With the performance of central processing units (CPUs) having effectively reached a limit, parallel processing offers an alternative for applications with high computational demands.We show that the parameter estimation, performed through Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), is accelerated by at least two orders of magnitude, when comparing a single GPU with the respective sequential single-core CPU version.We also illustrate similar speed-up factors (up to 120x) when comparing a multi-GPU with a multi-CPU implementation.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Computer Science, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain. moises.hernandez@um.es

ABSTRACT
With the performance of central processing units (CPUs) having effectively reached a limit, parallel processing offers an alternative for applications with high computational demands. Modern graphics processing units (GPUs) are massively parallel processors that can execute simultaneously thousands of light-weight processes. In this study, we propose and implement a parallel GPU-based design of a popular method that is used for the analysis of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). More specifically, we are concerned with a model-based approach for extracting tissue structural information from diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI data. DW-MRI offers, through tractography approaches, the only way to study brain structural connectivity, non-invasively and in-vivo. We parallelise the Bayesian inference framework for the ball & stick model, as it is implemented in the tractography toolbox of the popular FSL software package (University of Oxford). For our implementation, we utilise the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) programming model. We show that the parameter estimation, performed through Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), is accelerated by at least two orders of magnitude, when comparing a single GPU with the respective sequential single-core CPU version. We also illustrate similar speed-up factors (up to 120x) when comparing a multi-GPU with a multi-CPU implementation.

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