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Author Sorin, Daniel J. ♦ Hechtman, Blake A.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract We re-visit the issue of hardware consistency models in the new context of massively-threaded throughput-oriented processors (MTTOPs). A prominent example of an MTTOP is a GPGPU, but other examples include Intel's MIC architecture and some recent academic designs. MTTOPs differ from CPUs in many significant ways, including their ability to tolerate latency, their memory system organization, and the characteristics of the software they run. We compare implementations of various hardware consistency models for MTTOPs in terms of performance, energy-efficiency, hardware complexity, and programmability. Our results show that the choice of hardware consistency model has a surprisingly minimal impact on performance and thus the decision should be based on hardware complexity, energy-efficiency, and programmability. For many MTTOPs, it is likely that even a simple implementation of sequential consistency is attractive.
Description Affiliation: Duke University, Durham, NC (Hechtman, Blake A.; Sorin, Daniel J.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1981-04-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGARCH Computer Architecture News (CARN)
Volume Number 41
Issue Number 3
Page Count 12
Starting Page 201
Ending Page 212

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Source: ACM Digital Library