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A post-compiler approach to scratchpad mapping of code

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A post-compiler approach to scratchpad mapping of code
ScratchPad Memories (SPMs) are commonly used in embedded systems because they are more energy-efficient than caches and enable tighter application control on the memory hierarchy. Optimally mapping code and data to SPMs is, however, still a challenge. This paper proposes an optimal scratchpad mapping approach for code segments, which has the distinctive characteristic of working directly on application binaries, thus requiring no access to either the compiler or the application source code - a clear advantage for legacy or proprietary, IP-protected applications. The mapping problem is solved by means of a Dynamic Programming algorithm applied to the execution traces of the target application. The algorithm is able to find the optimal set of instructions blocks to be moved into a dedicated SPM, either minimizing energy consumption or execution times. A patching tool, which can use the output of the optimal mapper, modifies the binary of the application and moves the relevant portion...
Federico Angiolini, Francesco Menichelli, Alberto
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where CASES
Authors Federico Angiolini, Francesco Menichelli, Alberto Ferrero, Luca Benini, Mauro Olivieri
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