GRiD: GPU-accelerated rigid body dynamics with analytical gradients

Citation:

Brian Plancher, Sabrina M. Neuman, Radhika Ghosal, Scott Kuindersma, and Vijay Janapa Reddi. Forthcoming. “GRiD: GPU-accelerated rigid body dynamics with analytical gradients.” In 2022 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). IEEE. Full Text
GRiD: GPU-accelerated rigid body dynamics with analytical gradients

Abstract:

We introduce GRiD: a GPU-accelerated library for computing rigid body dynamics with analytical gradients. GRiD was designed to accelerate the nonlinear trajectory optimization subproblem used in state-of-the-art robotic planning, control, and machine learning. Each iteration of nonlinear trajectory optimization requires tens to hundreds of naturally parallel computations of rigid body dynamics and their gradients. GRiD leverages URDF parsing and code generation to deliver optimized dynamics kernels that not only expose GPU-friendly computational patterns, but also take advantage of both fine-grained parallelism within each computation and coarse-grained parallelism between computations. Through this approach, when performing multiple computations of rigid body dynamics algorithms, GRiD provides as much as a 7.6x speedup over a state-of-the-art, multi-threaded CPU implementation, and maintains as much as a 2.6x speedup when accounting for I/O overhead. We release GRiD as an open-source library, so that it can be leveraged by the robotics community to easily and efficiently accelerate rigid body dynamics on the GPU.
Last updated on 05/13/2022