Processors

Energy-Efficient Interconnect Via Router Parking

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Executive Summary

The increase in on-chip core counts in Chip MultiProcessors (CMPs) has led to the adoption of interconnects such as Mesh and Torus, which consume an increasing fraction of the chip power. Moreover, as technology and voltage continue to scale down, static power consumes a larger fraction of the total power; reducing it is increasingly important for energy proportional computing. Currently, processor designers strive to send under-utilized cores into deep sleep states in order to reduce idling power and improve overall energy efficiency. However, even in state-of-the-art CMP designs, when a core goes to sleep the router attached to it remains active in order to continue packet forwarding. In this paper, the authors propose Router Parking - selectively power-gating routers attached to parked cores.

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