CUHD - A Massively Parallel Huffman Decoder

A Huffman decoder for processing raw (i.e. unpartitioned) Huffman encoded data on the GPU. It also includes a basic, sequential encoder.

For further information, please refer to our conference paper.


  • CUDA-enabled GPU with compute capability 3.0 or higher
  • GNU/Linux
  • GNU compiler version 5.4.0 or higher
  • CUDA SDK 8 or higher
  • latest proprietary graphics drivers

Compilation process


Please edit the Makefile:

  1. Set CUDA_INCLUDE to the include directory of your CUDA installation, e.g.: CUDA_INCLUDE = /usr/local/cuda-9.1/include

  2. Set CUDA_LIB to the library directory of your CUDA installation, e.g.: CUDA_LIB = /usr/local/cuda-9.1/lib64

  3. Set ARCH to the compute capability of your GPU, i.e. ARCH = 35 for compute capability 3.5. If you'd like to compile the decoder for multiple generations of GPUs, please edit NVCC_FLAGS accordingly.

Test program

The test program will generate a chunk of random, binomially distributed data, encode the data with a specified maximum codeword length and decode the data on the GPU.

Compiling the test program

To compile the test program, configure the Makefile as described above. Run:


Running the test program

./bin/demo <compute device index> <size of input in megabytes>

Compiling a static library

To compile a static library, run:

make lib


Massively Parallel Huffman Decoding on GPUs

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