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Using Complete Machine Simulation for Software Power Estimation: The SoftWatt Approach

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Using Complete Machine Simulation for Software Power Estimation: The SoftWatt Approach
Power dissipation has become one of the most critical factors for the continued development of both high-end and low-end computer systems. The successful design and evaluation of power optimization techniques to address this vital issue is invariably tied to the availability of a broad and accurate set of simulation tools. Existing power simulators are mainly targeted for particular hardware components such as CPU or memory systems and do not capture the interaction between different system components. In this work, we present a complete system power simulator, called SoftWatt, that models the CPU, memory hierarchy and a low-power disk subsystem and quantifies the power behavior of both the application and operating system. This tool, built on top of the SimOS infrastructure, uses validated analytical energy models to identify the power hotspots in the system components, capture relative contributions of the user and kernel code to the system power profile, identify the power-hungry o...
Sudhanva Gurumurthi, Anand Sivasubramaniam, Mary J
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Type Conference
Year 2002
Where HPCA
Authors Sudhanva Gurumurthi, Anand Sivasubramaniam, Mary Jane Irwin, Narayanan Vijaykrishnan, Mahmut T. Kandemir, Tao Li, Lizy Kurian John
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