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From Xiangrui Meng <men...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Using CUDA within Spark / boosting linear algebra
Date Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:42:30 GMT
Hi Alex,

Since it is non-trivial to make nvblas work with netlib-java, it would
be great if you can send the instructions to netlib-java as part of
the README. Hopefully we don't need to modify netlib-java code to use
nvblas.

Best,
Xiangrui

On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 9:54 AM, Sean Owen <sowen@cloudera.com> wrote:
> The license issue is with libgfortran, rather than OpenBLAS.
>
> (FWIW I am going through the motions to get OpenBLAS set up by default
> on CDH in the near future, and the hard part is just handling
> libgfortran.)
>
> On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 4:07 PM, Evan R. Sparks <evan.sparks@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Alright Sam - you are the expert here. If the GPL issues are unavoidable,
>> that's fine - what is the exact bit of code that is GPL?
>>
>> The suggestion to use OpenBLAS is not to say it's the best option, but that
>> it's a *free, reasonable default* for many users - keep in mind the most
>> common deployment for Spark/MLlib is on 64-bit linux on EC2[1].
>> Additionally, for many of the problems we're targeting, this reasonable
>> default can provide a 1-2 orders of magnitude improvement in performance
>> over the f2jblas implementation that netlib-java falls back on.
>
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