Leakage-Aware Multiprocessor Scheduling
When peak performance is unnecessary, Dynamic Voltage Scaling (DVS) can be used to reduce the dynamic power consumption of embedded multiprocessors. In future technologies, however, static power consumption due to leakage current is expected to increase significantly. Then it will be more effective to limit the number of processors employed (i.e., turn some of them off), or to use a combination of DVS and processor shutdown. In this paper, leakage-aware scheduling heuristics are presented that determine the best trade-off between these three techniques: DVS, processor shutdown, and finding the optimal number of processors.