The Impact of Out-of-Order Commit in Coarse-Grain, Fine-Grain and Simultaneous Multithreaded Architectures

Provided by: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Topic: Hardware
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Multithreaded processors in their different organizations (simultaneous, coarse grain and fine grain) have been shown as effective architectures to reduce the issue waste. On the other hand, retiring instructions from the pipeline in an out-of-order fashion helps to unclog the ROB when a long latency instruction reaches its head. This further contributes to maintain a higher utilization of the available issue bandwidth. In this paper, the authors evaluate the impact of retiring instructions out of order on different multithreaded architectures and different instruction fetch policies, using the recently proposed validation buffer microarchitecture as baseline out-of-order commit technique.

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