Improving Parallel Sparse Matrix-vector Multiplication
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Sparse Matrix-vector Multiplication (SMvM) is a mathematical technique encountered in many programs and computations and is often heavily used. Solving SMvM in parallel allows for bigger instances to be solved, and problems to be solved faster. Several strategies have been tried to improve parallel SMvM. Work has been done with regard to improved cache use, better load balance and reduced conflicts. The aim of the work conducted in this thesis is to develop new ideas and algorithms to speed-up parallel SMvM on a shared memory computer. We use a method inspired by the min-makespan problem to distribute elements more evenly. We introduce a hybrid algorithm that gives better cache efficiency, and we work with colouring algorithms to avoid write conflicts.