Cuda interpolation & Monte Carlo


I am currently implementing a linear interpolation in CUDA with the following code:

global void linearInterpolation(float* data, float* x_in, int lx_data) {

int j = threadIdx.x + blockDim.x * blockIdx.x;    
x_in[j] = singleInterp(data, x_in[j], lx_data);


device float singleInterp(float* data, float x, int lx_data) {

int i =0;
float res = data[0];
while(data[i] <= x) {
    i = i+1;
if (data[i] > x && i>0 && i<lx_data ) {
   float p = __fdividef(data[i + lx_data] - data[i+lx_data-1],(data[i] - data[i-1]));
   res =   __fmaf_rn(p,x-data[i-1],data[i+lx_data-1]) ;
   return res;
if (i == lx_data)
    res = data[lx_data];

return res;  


I am using the function feval from matlab to do the computation. I would like to optimize this code but I have not a lot of ideas. Could someone please help me on this issue? I could beat the function interp1 from Matlab only for some very huge numbers of interpolations.

I have another question regarding the way the threads are used in CUDA. Let’s say the following code which computes a Monte Carlo Simulation:

device float priceValue(float dt, float drift, float volatility,int j) {

unsigned int seed = (unsigned int) j;
curandState_t state;
curand_init(seed,0,0, &state);
float randomWalk = curand_normal(&state);
while (abs(randomWalk)> 1) {
    randomWalk = curand_normal(&state);
return exp((drift - volatility*volatility*0.5)*dt + randomWalk*volatility*sqrt(dt));   


global void Simulation(float* matrice, int nbreSimulation, int nPaths, float S0, float T, float drift, float volatility) {
int lx = (int)sqrt((float)sizeof(volatility)/sizeof(float));
float dt = T/nPaths;
int i = threadIdx.x + blockDim.x * blockIdx.x;
int j = threadIdx.y + blockDim.y * blockIdx.y;
int index = i + j*nbreSimulation;
if (index >= nbreSimulation)
matrice[index] = matrice[index - nbreSimulation]*priceValue(dt, drift,volatility , index);

And the following execution code :

kernelSimulation = parallel.gpu.CUDAKernel(‘Cuda_functions.ptx’, ‘’, ‘Simulation’);
kernelSimulation.ThreadBlockSize = 512;
nbreSimulation = 5;
nPaths = 1000;
S0 = 100;
T = 1.5;
drift = 0.05;
volatility = 0.25; % abs(gpuArray.randn(10,2,‘single’))/10;
matrice = S0*gpuArray.ones(nbreSimulation,nPaths, ‘single’);
[A] = feval(kernelSimulation,matrice, nbreSimulation, nPaths, S0,T, drift, volatility);
traj = gather(A);

The result is that the computations have not been done on the whole matrix (only the 511 st values of the matrix have been changed ) because of the number of threads that I have defined. How should I proceed to use for example only 512 threads on a 5x1000 matrix?

Many thanks in advance for your help

In your interpolation code, it seems the following loop might take quite a bit of time compared to the actual interpolation:

while(data[i] <= x) {
 i = i+1;

What is the typical trip count for that loop? Is there a way to arrange the data so that you do not have to search but can index to the desired element right away? Have you tried a binary instead of a linear search? Can the searches be parallelized? Having each thread loop over large portions of the same array seems very wasteful. What is the larger algorithmic context of this interpolation code? Have you perused the literature (e.g. via Google Scholar) to see whether well-parallelized version of that algorithm are available?

Thank you for your reply. I am going to implement a binary search since my data are sorted, it should be faster.

Regarding the searches, they are already parallized for each element of the array x_in (in the global function), is this your question? Or are you talking about the search of the right index?

Does someone know the issue regarding my second example?
I mean the number of calculation is limited by the numer of threads, I obtain a matrix with only 512 computation instead of (roughly) 5000

I have written another interpolation function using the binary search and using the fast_math option for basic operations :

device float singleInterp(float* data, float x, int lx_data) {

float res = 0;    
int i1=0;
int j=lx_data; 
int imid;

while (j>i1+1)  
    imid = (int)(i1+j+1)/2;
    if (data[imid]<x) 
if (i1==j)
    res = data[i1+lx_data];
    res =__fmaf_rn( __fdividef(data[j+lx_data]-data[i1+lx_data],(data[j]-data[i1])),x-data[i1], data[i1+lx_data]);

return res;  


I have not noticed any significant improvements. I am trying to beat the interp1 function from Matlab by taking advantage of the multi-threading.

Is lx_data a single point or a vector? And is this data or index to the data?

Maybe I don’t understand the problem, but you can increase the number of blocks/grid so that the total number of threads the kernel handles is blocks x threads/block?