A criticality-driven microarchitectural three dimensional (3D) floorplanner

Srinath Sridharan, Michael Debole, Guangyu Sun, Yuan Xie, Vijaykrishnan Narayanan

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As technology scales, interconnect delays begin to dominate the performance of modern microprocessors. The ability to reduce the length of global wires has become an important design constraint, however only a subset of those global wires is critical for determining performance. The introduction of three-dimensional (3D) ICs has created the opportunity to reduce global wiring lengths and shorter interconnect delays through the intelligent placement of functional blocks. In this paper, a floorplanner for 3D chips is proposed that organizes functional blocks according to critical microarchitectural communication paths. The floorplanner identifies the potential triggers, in the form of feedback delays, which are responsible for the largest communication costs and places the contributing functional blocks in such a way that those costs are minimized. With our criticality driven 3D placement there is an average IPC improvement of 22% over 2D placement. Over criticality unaware 3D placement, criticality driven 3D placement shows an average IPC improvement of 8%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASP-DAC 2009
Subtitle of host publicationAsia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference 2009
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2009
EventAsia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference 2009, ASP-DAC 2009 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: Jan 19 2009Jan 22 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, ASP-DAC


OtherAsia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference 2009, ASP-DAC 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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