Reducing Startup Time in Co-Designed Virtual Machines

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Reducing Startup Time in Co-Designed Virtual Machines
A Co-Designed Virtual Machine allows designers to implement a processor via a combination of hardware and software. Dynamic binary translation converts code written for a conventional (legacy) ISA into optimized code for an underlying implementation-specific ISA. Because translation is done dynamically, an important consideration in such systems is the startup time for performing the initial translations. Beginning with a previously proposed co-designed VM that implements the x86 ISA, we study runtime binary translation overhead effects. The co-designed x86 virtual machine is based on an adaptive translation system that uses a basic block translator for initial emulation and a superblock translator for hotspot optimization. We analyze and model VM startup performance via simulation. We observe that non-hotspot emulation via basic block translation is the major part of the startup overhead. To reduce startup translation overhead, we follow the co-designed hardware / software philosophy...
Shiliang Hu, James E. Smith
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Updated 12 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Where ISCA
Authors Shiliang Hu, James E. Smith
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