Program Phase Detection based on Critical Basic Block Transitions

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Program Phase Detection based on Critical Basic Block Transitions
Many programs go through phases as they execute. Knowing where these phases begin and end can be beneficial. For example, adaptive architectures can exploit such information to lower their power consumption without much loss in performance. Architectural simulations can benefit from phase information by simulating only a small interval of each program phase, which significantly reduces the simulation time while still yielding results that are representative of complete simulations. This paper presents a lightweight profile-based phase detection technique that marks each phase change boundary in the program’s binary at the basic block level with a critical basic block transition (CBBT). It is independent of execution windows and does not explicitly employ the notion of threshold to make a phase change decision. We evaluate the effectiveness of CBBTs for reconfiguring the L1 data cache size and for guiding architectural simulations. Our CBBT method is as effective at dynamically reduc...
Paruj Ratanaworabhan, Martin Burtscher
Added 31 May 2010
Updated 31 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Authors Paruj Ratanaworabhan, Martin Burtscher
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