The Impact of Hyper-Threading on Processor Resource Utilization in Production Applications

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Provided by: NASA Ames Research Center Home
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Intel provides Hyper-Threading (HT) in processors based on its Pentium and Nehalem micro-architecture such as the Westmere-EP. HT enables two threads to execute on each core in order to hide latencies related to data access. These two threads can execute simultaneously, filling unused stages in the functional unit pipelines. To aid better understanding of HT-related issues, the authors collect Performance Monitoring Unit (PMU) data (instructions retired; unhalted core cycles; L2 and L3 cache hits and misses; vector and scalar floating-point operations, etc.). They then use the PMU data to calculate a new metric of efficiency in order to quantify processor resource utilization and make comparisons of that utilization between Single-Threading (ST) and HT modes.
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