GPU-Based Low-Precision Detection Approach for Massive MIMO Systems

Adel Dabah, Hatem Ltaief, Zouheir Rezki, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, David E. Keyes

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Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (M-MIMO) uses hundreds of antennas in mobile communications base stations to increase the amount of transmitted data and the number of connected devices in 5G and beyond. However, M-MIMO systems increase the complexity of recovering the transmitted data (detection phase). To address this challenge, we leverage low-precision arithmetic in recent NVIDIA GPUs to improve the latency/scalability/accuracy of M-MIMO detection. We propose a GPU tree-based detection algorithm that aggregates multiple tree levels and formulates the computation as a matrix multiplication operation followed by a square-norm calculation and sorting (reduction) phase. This process is repeated until reaching the last level of the detection tree. The obtained results show near-optimal data detection with a 10 × speedup compared to a two-socket 28-core IceLake CPU implementation. We further deploy low-precision arithmetic operations. We show that moving from single-precision 32-bit floating-point arithmetic (FP32) to half-precision 16-bit representation (FP16) does not affect the accuracy performance while translating into an additional 1.7 × speedup. In addition, exploiting 8-bit integer representation results in an acceptable error rate degradation that can be compensated by increasing the number of aggregated levels. In addition, we propose a multi-GPU version that computes the matrix-multiplication operation of subsequent iterations in parallel. This latter operation represents more than 80% of the elapsed time for dense constellations. Results with four A100 GPUs show an additional 2.3 × relative speedup compared to our single GPU version. The achieved accuracy/scalability balance may accelerate the deployment of this technology and promote low-precision GPU computations within the wireless communication community.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783031320408
StatePublished - May 10 2023

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-06-19


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