Communication based proactive link power management

Sai Prashanth Muralidhara, Mahmut Kandemir

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As the number of cores in CMPs increases, NoC is projected to be the dominant communication fabric. Increase in the number of cores brings an important issue to the forefront, the issue of chip power consumption, which is projected to increase rapidly with the increase in number of cores. Since NoC infrastructure contributes significantly to the total chip power consumption, reducing NoC power is crucial. While circuit level techniques are important in reducing NoC power, architectural and software level approaches can be very effective in optimizing power consumption. Any such technique power saving technique should be scalable and have minimal adverse impact on performance. We propose a dynamic, communication link usage based, proactive link power management scheme. This scheme,using a Markov model, proactively manages communication link turn-ons and turn-offs, which results in negligible performance degradation and significant power savings. We show that our prediction scheme is about 98% accurate for the SPEC OMP benchmarks and about 93% over all applications experimented. This accuracy helps us achieve link power savings of up to 44% and an average link power savings of 23.5%. More importantly, it incurs performance penalties as low as 0.3% on average.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHigh Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers - Fourth International Conference, HiPEAC 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2009
Event4th International Conference on High Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers, HiPEAC 2009 - Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: Jan 25 2009Jan 28 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5409 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th International Conference on High Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers, HiPEAC 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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