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Code Semantic-Aware Runahead Threads

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Code Semantic-Aware Runahead Threads
Memory-intensive threads can hoard shared resources without making progress on a multithreading processor (SMT), thereby hindering the overall system performance. A recent promising solution to overcome this important problem in SMT processors is Runahead Threads (RaT). RaT employs runahead execution to allow a thread to speculatively execute instructions and prefetch data instead of stalling for a long-latency load. The main advantage of this mechanism is that it exploits memory-level parallelism under long latency loads without clogging up shared resources. As a result, RaT improves the overall processor performance reducing the resource contention among threads. In this paper, we propose simple code semantic based techniques to increase RaT efficiency. Our proposals are based on analyzing the prefetch opportunities (usefulness) of loops and subroutines during runahead thread executions. We dynamically analyze these particular program structures to detect when it is useful or not to...
Tanausú Ramírez, Alex Pajuelo, Olive
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ICPP
Authors Tanausú Ramírez, Alex Pajuelo, Oliverio J. Santana, Mateo Valero
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