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Mobile GPGPU acceleration of embodied robot simulation

Winfield, Alan; Jones, Simon; Studley, Matthew


Alan Winfield

Simon Jones
Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Matthew Studley
Associate Professor in Technology Ethics


Christopher J Headleand

William J Teahan

Llyr Ap Cenydd


© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. It is desirable for a robot to be able to run on-board simulations of itself in a model of the world to evaluate action consequences and test new controller solutions, but simulation is computationally expensive. Modern mobile System-on-Chip devices have high performance at low power consumption levels and now incorporate powerful graphics processing units, making them good potential candidates to host onboard simulations. We use the parallel language OpenCL on two such devices to accelerate the widely-used Stage robot simulator and demonstrate both higher simulation speed and lower energy use on a multi robot benchmark. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that GPGPU on mobile devices have been used to accelerate robot simulation, and moves towards providing an autonomous robot with an embodied what-if capability.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Start Date Nov 1, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Communications in Computer and Information Science
Print ISSN 1865-0929
Publisher Springer Verlag (Germany)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 519
Pages 97-109
Series Title Communications in Computer and Information Science
APA6 Citation Winfield, A., Jones, S., Studley, M., & Winfield, A. F. (2015). Mobile GPGPU acceleration of embodied robot simulation. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 519, 97-109.
Keywords GPU acceleration, robot simulation
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents Symposium: ALIA- 2014