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PEEP: Exploiting predictability of memory dependences in SMT processors

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PEEP: Exploiting predictability of memory dependences in SMT processors
Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) attempts to keep a dynamically scheduled processor's resources busy with work from multiple independent threads. Threads with longlatency stalls, however, can lead to a reduction in overall throughput because they occupy many of the critical processor resources. In this work, we first study the interaction between stalls caused by ambiguous memory dependences and SMT processing. We then propose the technique of Proactive Exclusion (PE) where the SMT fetch unit stops fetching from a thread when a memory dependence is predicted to exist. However, after the dependence has been resolved, the thread is delayed waiting for new instructions to be fetched and delivered down the front-end pipeline. So we introduce an Early Parole (EP) mechanism that exploits the predictability of dependence-resolution delays to restart fetch of an excluded thread so that the instructions reach the execution core just as the original dependence resolves. We show that combi...
Samantika Subramaniam, Milos Prvulovic, Gabriel H.
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where HPCA
Authors Samantika Subramaniam, Milos Prvulovic, Gabriel H. Loh
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