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In this paper we propose the Merge framework, a general purpose programming model for heterogeneous multi-core systems. The Merge framework replaces current ad hoc approaches to parallel programming on heterogeneous platforms with a rigorous, library-based methodology that can automatically distribute computation across heterogeneous cores to achieve(More)
<i>This paper explores Speculative Precomputation, a technique that uses idle thread context in a multithreaded architecture to improve performance of single-threaded applications. It attacks program stalls from data cache misses by pre-computing future memory accesses in available thread contexts, and prefetching these data. This technique is evaluated by(More)
A large number of memory accesses in memory-bound applications are irregular, such as pointer dereferences, and can be effectively targeted by thread-based prefetching techniques like Speculative Precomputation. These techniques execute instructions, for example on an available SMT thread context, that have been extracted directly from the program they are(More)
Pre-execution techniques have received much attention as aneffective way of prefetching cache blocks to tolerate the ever-increasingmemory latency. A number of pre-execution techniquesbased on hardware, compiler, or both have been proposed andstudied extensively by researchers. They report promising resultson simulators that model a Simultaneous(More)
Recently, a number of thread-based prefetching techniques have been proposed. These techniques aim at improving the latency of single-threaded applications by leveraging multithreading resources to perform memory prefetching via speculative prefetch threads. Software-based speculative precomputation (SSP) is one such technique, proposed for multithreaded(More)
Uniprocessor simulators track resource utilization cycle by cycle to estimate performance. Multiprocessor simulators, however, must account for synchronization events that increase the cost of every cycle simulated and shared resource contention that increases the total number of cycles simulated. These effects cause multiprocessor simulation times to scale(More)
Future mainstream microprocessors will likely integrate specialized accelerators, such as GPUs, onto a single die to achieve better performance and power efficiency. However, it remains a keen challenge to program such a heterogeneous multicore platform, since these specialized accelerators feature ISAs and functionality that are significantly different(More)
This paper presents a novel microarchitecture technique for accurately predicting control flow reconvergence dynamically. A reconvergence point is the earliest dynamic instruction in the program where we can expect program paths to reconverge regardless of the outcome or target of the current branch. Thus, even if the immediate control flow after a branch(More)