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Energy-performance tradeoffs in processor architecture and circuit design: a marginal cost analysis

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Energy-performance tradeoffs in processor architecture and circuit design: a marginal cost analysis
Power consumption has become a major constraint in the design of processors today. To optimize a processor for energyefficiency requires an examination of energy-performance tradeoffs in all aspects of the processor design space, including both architectural and circuit design choices. In this paper, we apply an integrated architecture-circuit optimization framework to map out energy-performance trade-offs of several different high-level processor architectures. We show how the joint architecture-circuit space provides a trade-off range of approximately 6.5x in performance for 4x energy, and we identify the optimal architectures for different design objectives. We then show that many of the designs in this space come at very high marginal costs. Our results show that, for a large range of design objectives, voltage scaling is effective in efficiently trading off performance and energy, and that the choice of optimal architecture and circuits does not change much during voltage ...
Omid Azizi, Aqeel Mahesri, Benjamin C. Lee, Sanjay
Added 10 Jul 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where ISCA
Authors Omid Azizi, Aqeel Mahesri, Benjamin C. Lee, Sanjay J. Patel, Mark Horowitz
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