Reducing code management overhead in software-managed multicores

Jian Cai, Yooseong Kim, Youngbin Kim, Aviral Shrivastava, Kyoungwoo Lee

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Software-managed architectures, which use scratch-pad memories (SPMs), are a promising alternative to cached-based architectures for multicores. SPMs provide scalability but require explicit management. For example, to use an instruction SPM, explicit management code needs to be inserted around every call site to load functions to the SPM. such management code would check the state of the SPM and perform loading operations if necessary, which can cause considerable overhead at runtime. In this paper, we propose a compiler-based approach to reduce this overhead by identifying management code that can be removed or simplified. Our experiments with various benchmarks show that our approach reduces the execution time by 14% on average. In addition, compared to hardware caching, using our approach on an SPM-based architecture can reduce the execution times of the benchmarks by up to 15%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783981537093
StatePublished - May 11 2017
Event20th Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017 - Swisstech, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: Mar 27 2017Mar 31 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017


Other20th Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2017
CitySwisstech, Lausanne

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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