Synctium: A Near-Threshold Stream Processor for Energy-Constrained Parallel Applications
While Moore's law scaling continues to double transistor density every technology generation, supply voltage reduction has essentially stopped, increasing both power density and total energy consumed in conventional microprocessors. Therefore, future processors will require an architecture that can: take advantage of the massive amount of transistors that will be available and operate these transistors in the near-threshold supply domain, thereby achieving near optimal energy/computation by balancing the leakage and dynamic energy consumption. Unfortunately, this optimality is typically achieved while running at very low frequencies (i.e. 0.1 - 10MHz) and with only one computation executing per cycle, such that performance is limited.