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Data-Triggered Threads: Eliminating Redundant Computation

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This paper introduces the concept of data-triggered threads. Unlike threads in parallel programs in conventional programming models, these threads are initiated on a change to a memory location. This enables increased parallelism and the elimination of redundant, unnecessary computation. This paper focuses primarily on the latter. It is shown that 78% of all loads fetch redundant data, leading to a high incidence of redundant computation. By expressing computation through data-triggered threads, that computation is executed once when the data changes, and is skipped whenever the data does not change. The set of C SPEC benchmarks show performance speedup of up to 5.9X, and averaging 46%.

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