The Heterogeneous Block Architecture

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Provided by: Carnegie Mellon University
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
This paper makes two new observations that lead to a new heterogeneous core design. First, the authors observe that most serial code exhibits fine-grained heterogeneity: at the scale of tens or hundreds of instructions, regions of code fit different micro-architectures better (at the same point or at different points in time). Second, they observe that by grouping contiguous regions of instructions into blocks that are executed atomically, a core can exploit this heterogeneity: atomicity allows each block to be executed independently on its own execution backend that fits its characteristics best.
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