Optimizing the thermal behavior of subarrayed data caches

Johnsy K. John, Jie S. Hu, Sotirios G. Ziavras

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Abstract

Designing temperature-aware microarchitectures for microprocessors at new technologies is becoming a critical requirement due to the exponentially increasing on-chip power density. Extremely high power density, thus the very high on-chip temperature, not only significantly increases the packaging and cooling costs, but also creates tremendous difficulties in chip leakage control and reliability. Being a major contributor to chip transistor budget and die area, caches account for a significant share of the overall processor power consumption, including both dynamic and leakage power. This work analyzes the thermal behavior of subarrays within a conventional data cache when running a set of applications from the SPEC2000 benchmark suite, and proposes two new subarraying schemes, namely, the separated scheme and the interleaved scheme, to improve the thermal behavior of subarrays in terms of more predictable behavior and reduced subarray temperatures. These optimizations can be also combined with dynamic thermal management (DTM) techniques to further improve the efficiency of thermal management. The impact of leakage control on the subarray thermal behavior is also evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2005 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design
Subtitle of host publicationVLSI in Computers and Processors, ICCD 2005
Pages625-630
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers and Processors, ICCD 2005 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 2 2005Oct 5 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers and Processors
Volume2005
ISSN (Print)1063-6404

Other

Other2005 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design: VLSI in Computers and Processors, ICCD 2005
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period10/2/0510/5/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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