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Parallelizing Apriori Algorithm on GPU

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2016
K. Spandana, D. Sirisha, S. Shahida

K Spandana, D Sirisha and S Shahida. Parallelizing Apriori Algorithm on GPU. International Journal of Computer Applications 155(10):22-27, December 2016. BibTeX

	author = {K. Spandana and D. Sirisha and S. Shahida},
	title = {Parallelizing Apriori Algorithm on GPU},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {December 2016},
	volume = {155},
	number = {10},
	month = {Dec},
	year = {2016},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {22-27},
	numpages = {6},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2016912449},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}


Parallel computing is a form of computation in which many calculations are carried out simultaneously, operating on the principle that large problems can often be divided into smaller ones, which are then solved concurrently. Now Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has taken a major role in high performance computing for generic applications. Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) programming model provides the programmers adequate C-Language like API’s to better exploit the power of GPU. Data Mining has significant applications in various domains. Currently, these techniques cannot meet the requirement of applications with large scale databases in terms of computation and speed. Association Rules Mining (ARM) is one of the most widely used techniques in data mining and has tremendous applications. Apriori is the most influential ARM algorithm. It has been included in all the existing commercial and non-commercial data mining. This paper provides a parallel Apriori algorithm on GPU with CUDA and focuses on computation time compared with execution time of serial program in CPU.


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