Predictable performance in SMT processors

10 years 8 months ago
Predictable performance in SMT processors
Current instruction fetch policies in SMT processors are oriented towards optimization of overall throughput and/or fairness. However, they provide no control over how individual threads are executed, leading to performance unpredictability, since the IPC of a thread depends on the workload it is executed in and on the fetch policy used. From the point of view of the Operating System (OS), it is the job scheduler that determines how jobs are executed. However, when the OS runs on an SMT processor, the job scheduler cannot guarantee execution time constraints of any job due to this performance unpredictability. In this paper we propose a novel kind of collaboration between the OS and the SMT hardware that enables the OS to enforce that a high priority thread runs at a specific fraction of its full speed. We present an extensive evaluation using many different workloads, that shows that this mechanism gives the required performance in more than 97% of all cases considered, and even mo...
Francisco J. Cazorla, Peter M. W. Knijnenburg, Riz
Added 30 Jun 2010
Updated 30 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2004
Where CF
Authors Francisco J. Cazorla, Peter M. W. Knijnenburg, Rizos Sakellariou, Enrique Fernández, Alex Ramírez, Mateo Valero
Comments (0)