Speculative pre-execution assisted by compiler (SPEAR)

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Speculative pre-execution assisted by compiler (SPEAR)
Speculative pre-execution achieves efficient data prefetching by running additional prefetching threads on spare hardware contexts. Various implementations for speculative pre-execution have been proposed, including compiler-based static approaches and hardware-based dynamic approaches. A static approach defines the p-thread at compile time and executes it as a stand-alone running thread. Therefore, it cannot efficiently take dynamic events into account and requires a higher fetch bandwidth. Conversely, a hardware approach is, by essence, able to dynamically make use of run-time information. However, it requires more complex hardware and also lacks global information on data and control flow. This paper proposes Speculative Pre-Execution Assisted by compileR (SPEAR), a pre-execution model which is a hybrid of the two approaches. It relies on a post-compiler to extract the p-thread code from program binaries and uses custom-designed hardware to execute the p-thread.
Won Woo Ro, Jean-Luc Gaudiot
Added 13 Dec 2010
Updated 13 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2006
Where JPDC
Authors Won Woo Ro, Jean-Luc Gaudiot
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