On Pipelining Sequences of Data-Dependent Loops

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On Pipelining Sequences of Data-Dependent Loops
: Sequences of data-dependent tasks, each one traversing large data sets, exist in many applications (such as video, image and signal processing applications). Those tasks usually perform computations (with loop intensive behavior) and produce new data to be consumed by subsequent tasks. This paper shows a scheme to pipeline sequences of data-dependent loops, in such a way that subsequent loops can start execution before the completion of the previous ones, which achieves performance improvements. It uses a hardware scheme with decoupled and concurrent data-path and control units that start execution at the same time. The communication of array elements between two loops in sequence is performed by special buffers with a data-driven, fine-grained scheme. Buffer elements are responsible to flag the availability of each array element requested by a subsequent loop (i.e., a ready protocol is used to trigger the execution of operations in the succeeding loop). Thus, the control execution o...
Rui Rodrigues, João M. P. Cardoso
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Updated 16 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2007
Where JUCS
Authors Rui Rodrigues, João M. P. Cardoso
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