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Minimizing the energy cost of throughput in a linear pipeline by opportunistic time borrowing

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Minimizing the energy cost of throughput in a linear pipeline by opportunistic time borrowing
- In this paper, we present a technique to optimize the energy-delay product of a synchronous linear pipeline circuit with dynamic error detection and correction capability running. The technique dynamically adjusts the supply voltage level and clock frequency of the design by exploiting slacks that are present in various stages of the pipeline. The key enabler is the utilization of soft-edge flip-flops to allow time borrowing between consecutive stages of the pipeline in order to provide the timing-critical stages with more time to complete their computations resulting in lower error probability. This raises the effective throughput of the pipeline for a fixed energy consumption level, or alternatively, lowers the energy consumption for the same effective throughput. We formulate the problem of optimally selecting the transparency window sizes of the soft-edge flip-flops and the frequency level of the pipeline circuit at different voltage levels so as to optimize the energy cost of th...
Mohammad Ghasemazar, Massoud Pedram
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ICCAD
Authors Mohammad Ghasemazar, Massoud Pedram
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