Association for Computing Machinery
The development of processors relies heavily on architectural simulators which allow researchers and designers to evaluate proposed ideas early in the design phase. Thermal behavior of modern processors is a first-order design constraint. However, accurate estimation of thermal behavior is time consuming, and techniques for accelerating performance simulations often yield inaccurate results when directly applied to thermal simulation, or do not reduce the thermal computation at all. This paper is the first to propose thermal sampling techniques. It can be integrated with existing phase-based and statistical-based architectural simulator sampling.