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Author Weihl, William E. ♦ Waldspurger, Carl 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 Multithreading is an important technique that improves processor utilization by allowing computation to be overlapped with the long latency operations that commonly occur in multiprocessor systems. This paper presents register relocation, a new mechanism that efficiently supports flexible partitioning of the register file into variable-size contexts with minimal hardware support. Since the number of registers required by thread contexts varies, this flexibility permits a better utilization of scarce registers, allowing more contexts to be resident, which in turn allows applications to tolerate shorter run lengths and longer latencies. Our experiments show that compared to fixed-size hardware contexts, register relocation can improve processor utilization by a factor of two for many workloads.
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 21
Issue Number 2
Page Count 11
Starting Page 120
Ending Page 130

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