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Reducing the Energy Cost of Irregular Code Bases in Soft Processor Systems

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Reducing the Energy Cost of Irregular Code Bases in Soft Processor Systems
— This paper describes an architecture and FPGA synthesis toolchain for building specialized, energy-saving coprocessors called Irregular Code Energy Reducers (ICERs) for a wide range of unmodified C programs. FPGAs are increasingly used to build large-scale systems, and many large software systems contain relatively little code that is amenable to automatic, semi-automatic, or even manual parallelization. Whereas accelerator approaches have traditionally achieved energy benefits as a side effect from increasing performance via parallel execution, ICERs aim to achieve energy gains even on code with little exploitable parallelism. Traditional approaches to automatically generating accelerators from existing software rely on inferring parallel execution from serial code, so they face the same code analysis challenges as parallelizing compilers. In contrast, because the ICER approach targets energy rather than performance, it easily scales to large, irregular applications that are poo...
Manish Arora, Jack Sampson, Nathan Goulding-Hotta,
Added 20 Aug 2011
Updated 20 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where FCCM
Authors Manish Arora, Jack Sampson, Nathan Goulding-Hotta, Jonathan Babb, Ganesh Venkatesh, Michael Bedford Taylor, Steven Swanson
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