ELEG 662 Spring 2011

Digital Systems Seminar

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Energy Efficient Tiling on a Many-Core Architecture


Elkin Garcia
Ph.D Student
Computer Architecture and Parallel Systems Laboratory (CAPSL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Delaware


Energy efficiency and power consumption have become an imperative requirement in Computer Architecture. The rising multi-core and many-core era has been motivated by the increasing demand of high performance computations restricted to a feasible power requirement. How to model the energy consumption of many-core architectures in order to propose techniques for the design of energy efficient applications is a topic of high interest in the community.

In this talk, we will present the development of an energy consumption model for many-core architectures with software-managed memory hierarchy and a proposed methodology for designing tiling techniques for energy efficient applications. The energy consumption model developed and the methodology proposed have the following characteristics: (1) The energy consumption model depends of the number and type of instructions executed and the total execution time of the application. (2) This model is scalable with the number of hardware thread units and considers stalls produced by data dependencies or arbitration of shared resources.

(3) The methodology proposed is based on an optimization problem that produces optimal tiling and sequence of traversing tiles minimizing the energy consumed and parametrized by the sizes of each level in the memory hierarchy. (4) We show two different techniques for solving the optimization problem for two different applications: Matrix Multiplication (MM) and Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD). Our experimental evaluation on a real IBM Cyclops-64 chip (C64) proves the accuracy of our energy consumption model and shows that the techniques proposed reduce the total energy consumption and also increase the power efficiency.


Elkin Garcia earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Universidad Javeriana and Universidad de los Andes in 2003 and 2005. He is a Ph.D. student under advise of Prof. Guang R. Gao on the ECE Department.

His research in the Parallel Computer Architecture area is focused on the development of methodologies for increasing performance and power efficiency of many-core architectures.

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