A High-level Microprocessor Power Modeling Technique Based on Event Signatures

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Provided by: Springer Healthcare
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors present a technique for high-level power estimation of microprocessors. The technique, which is based on abstract execution profiles called 'Event signatures', operates at a higher level of abstraction than commonly-used Instruction-Set Simulator (ISS) based power estimation methods and should thus be capable of achieving good evaluation performance. As a consequence, the technique can be very useful in the context of early system-level design space exploration. In this paper, they also compare their power estimation results to those from the instruction-level simulators Wattch and Sim-Panalyzer.
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