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Ramp Up/Down Functional Unit to Reduce Step Power

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Ramp Up/Down Functional Unit to Reduce Step Power
Because the inductive noise Ldi/dt is induced by the power change and can have disastrous impact on the timing and reliability of the system, high-performance CPU designs are more concerned with the step power reduction instead of the average power reduction. The step power is defined as the power difference between the previous and present clock cycles, and represents the Ldi/dt noise at the microarchitecture level. Two mechanisms at the microarchitecture level are proposed in this paper to reduce the step power of the floating point unit (FPU), as FPU is the potential "hot" spot of Ldi/dt noise. The two mechanisms, ramping up and ramping down FPU based on instruction fetch queue (IFQ) scanning and PC+N instruction prediction, can meet any specific step power constraint. We implement and evaluate the two mechanisms using a performance and power simulator based on the SimpleScalar toolset. Experiments using SPEC95 benchmarks show that our method reduces the performance loss b...
Zhenyu Tang, Norman Chang, Shen Lin, Weize Xie, O.
Added 25 Aug 2010
Updated 25 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Where PACS
Authors Zhenyu Tang, Norman Chang, Shen Lin, Weize Xie, O. Sam Nakagawa, Lei He
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