Enabling improved power management in multicore processors through clustered DVFS

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Abstract

In recent years, chip multiprocessors (CMP) have emerged as a solution for high-speed computing demands. However, power dissipation in CMPs can be high if numerous cores are simultaneously active. Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) is widely used to reduce the active power, but its effectiveness and cost depends on the granularity at which it is applied. Per-core DVFS allows the greatest flexibility in controlling power, but incurs the expense of an unrealistically large number of on-chip voltage regulators. Per-chip DVFS, where all cores are controlled by a single regulator overcomes this problem at the expense of greatly reduced flexibility. This work considers the problem of building an intermediate solution, clustering the cores of a multicore processor into DVFS domains and implementing DVFS on a per-cluster basis. Based on a typical workload, we propose a scheme to find similarity among the cores and cluster them based on this similarity. We also provide an algorithm to implement DVFS for the clusters, and evaluate the effectiveness of per-cluster DVFS in power reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2011
Pages293-298
Number of pages6
StatePublished - May 31 2011
Event14th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2011 - Grenoble, France
Duration: Mar 14 2011Mar 18 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings -Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE
ISSN (Print)1530-1591

Other

Other14th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2011
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityGrenoble
Period3/14/113/18/11

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