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Synthesis Techniques for Low-Power Hard Real-Time Systems on Variable Voltage Processors

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Synthesis Techniques for Low-Power Hard Real-Time Systems on Variable Voltage Processors
The energy efficiency of systems-on-a-chip can be much improved if one were to vary the supply voltage dynamically at run time. In this paper we describe the synthesis of systems-on-a-chip based on core processors, while treating voltage (and correspondingly, the clock frequency) as a variable to be scheduled along with the computation tasks during the static scheduling step. In addition to describing the complete synthesis design flow for these variable voltage systems, we focus on the problem of doing the voltage scheduling while taking into account the inherent limitation on the rates at which the voltage and clock frequency can be changed by the power supply controllers and clock generators. Taking these limits on rate of change into account is crucial since changing the voltage by even a volt may take time equivalent to 100s to 10,000s of instructions on modern processors. We present both an exact but impractical formulation of this scheduling problem as a set of non-linear equat...
Inki Hong, Gang Qu, Miodrag Potkonjak, Mani B. Sri
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Year 1998
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Authors Inki Hong, Gang Qu, Miodrag Potkonjak, Mani B. Srivastava
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