Architectural Leakage-Aware Management of Partitioned Scratchpad Memories

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Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Partitioning a memory into multiple blocks that can be independently accessed is a widely used technique to reduce its dynamic power. For embedded systems, its benefits can be even pushed further by properly matching the partition to the memory access patterns. When leakage energy comes into play, however, idle memory blocks must be put into a proper low-leakage sleep state to actually save energy when not accessed. In this paper, the matching becomes an instance of power management problem, because moving to and from this sleep state requires additional energy.
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