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Author Navale, Nitin ♦ Agarwal, Mayank ♦ Frank, Matthew I. ♦ Malik, Kshitiz
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
Subject Keyword Control independence ♦ fetch-criticality ♦ implicit parallelization
Abstract Architectures that exploit control independence (CI) promise to remove in-order fetch bottlenecks, like branch mispredicts, instruction-cache misses and fetch unit stalls, from the critical path of single-threaded execution. By exposing more fetch options, however, CI architectures also expose more performance tradeoffs. These tradeoffs make it hard to design policies that deliver good performance.This paper presents a criticality-based model for reasoning about CI architectures, and uses that model to describe the tradeoffs between gains from control independence versus increased costs of honoring data dependences. The model is then used to derive the design of a criticality-aware task selection policy that strikes the right balance between fetch-criticality and execute-criticality. Finally, the papervalidates the model by attacking branch-misprediction induced fetch-criticality through the above derived spawnpolicy. This leads to as high as 100% improvements in performance, and in the region of 40% or more improvements for four of the benchmarks where this is the main problem. Criticality analysis shows that this improvement arises due to reduced fetch-criticality.
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 36
Issue Number 3
Page Count 12
Starting Page 13
Ending Page 24

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Source: ACM Digital Library