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Author Sun, Jin ♦ Lysecky, Roman ♦ Shankar, Karthik ♦ Kodi, Avinash ♦ Louri, Ahmed ♦ Roveda, Janet
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2014
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Multicore systems ♦ Dynamic task scheduling ♦ Dynamic zoning ♦ Negative bias temperature instability capacity rate ♦ Workload balancing
Abstract With continuously shrinking technology, reliability issues such as Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) has resulted in considerable degradation of device performance, and eventually the short mean-time-to-failure (MTTF) of the whole multicore system. This article proposes a new workload balancing scheme based on device-level fractional NBTI model to balance the workload among active cores while relaxing stressed ones. Starting with NBTI-induced threshold voltage degradation, we define a concept of Capacity Rate (CR) as an indication of one core's ability to accept workload. Capacity rate captures core's performance variability in terms of delay and power metrics under the impact of NBTI aging. The proposed workload balancing framework employs the capacity rates as workload constraints, applies a Dynamic Zoning (DZ) algorithm to group cores into zones to process task flows, and then uses Dynamic Task Scheduling (DTS) to allocate tasks in each zone with balanced workload and minimum communication cost. Experimental results on a 64-core system show that by allowing a small part of the cores to relax over a short time period, the proposed methodology improves multicore system yield (percentage of core failures) by 20%, while extending MTTF by 30% with insignificant degradation in performance (less than 3%).
ISSN 15504832
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-01-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15504840
Journal ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC)
Volume Number 10
Issue Number 1
Page Count 22
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 22


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