Hardware budget and runtime system for data-driven multithreaded chip multiprocessor
Source11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Advances in Computer Systems Architecture, ACSAC 2006
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The Data-Driven Multithreading Chip Multiprocessor (DDM-CMP) architecture has been shown to overcome the power and memory wall limitations by combining two key technologies: the use of the Data-Driven Multithreading (DDM) model of execution, and the Chip-Multiprocessor architecture. DDM is able to hide memory and synchronization latencies providing significant performance gains whereas the use of of the CMP architecture offers high-degree of parallelism at low complexity design and is therefore power efficient. This paper presents the hardware budget analysis and the runtime support system for the DDM-CMP architecture. The hardware analysis shows that the DDM benefits may be achieved with only a 17% hardware cost increase compared to a traditional chip-multiprocessor implementation. The support for the runtime system was designed in such a way that allows the DDM applications to execute on the DDM-CMP chip using a regular, non-modified, Operating System and CPU cores. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.