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What is the OpenACC API?

OpenACC is a directive-based HPC parallel programming model. OpenACC is designed for performance on -- and performance portability across -- many types of platforms (e.g., GPUs, many-core and multi-core). OpenACC is complementary to existing HPC programming models including OpenMP, MPI, CUDA and OpenCL.

How does the OpenACC API work?

Based on directives from the programmer -- in the form of Fortran comment statements and C/C++ pragmas -- that are ignored by other compilers, OpenACC compilers automatically map compute-intensive loops to parallel/vector execution units.  OpenACC compilers can manage data movement between CPU host memory and a separate memory on the accelerator. In addition, the OpenACC API provides the programmer with directives to override the compiler's mapping and data movement decisions when necessary. Using OpenACC, programmers can quickly determine if their code will benefit from acceleration. Because it is directive-based, OpenACC requires fewer structural code changes than low-level accelerator programming models like CUDA or OpenCL.