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Energy costs are quickly rising in large-scale data centers and are soon projected to overtake the cost of hardware. As a result, data center operators have recently started turning into using more energy-friendly hardware. Despite the growing body of research in power management techniques, there has been little work to date on energy efficiency from a(More)
As feature sizes continue to shrink, future chip multiprocessors are expected to integrate more and more cores on a single chip, increasing the aggregate demand for main memory capacity. Satisfying such a demand with DRAM alone may prove difficult due to DRAM scaling challenges. To address this problem, recent work has proposed using DRAM as a cache to(More)
Phase change memory (PCM) is a promising technology that can offer higher capacity than DRAM. Unfortunately, PCM's access latency and energy are higher than DRAM's and its endurance is lower. Many DRAM‐PCM hybrid memory systems use DRAM as a cache to PCM, to achieve the low access latency and energy, and high endurance of DRAM, while taking advantage of(More)
DRAM‐based main memories have read operations that destroy the read data, and as a result, must buffer large amounts of data on each array access to keep chip costs low. Unfortunately, system‐level trends such as increased memory contention in multi‐core architectures and data mapping schemes that improve memory parallelism lead to only a small amount of(More)
• circuit techniques such as disabling the clock signal to a processor's unused parts; • architectural techniques such as replacing complex uniprocessors with multiple simple cores; and • support for multiple low-power states in processors, memory, and disks. At the system level, the latter approach requires policies to intelligently exploit these low-power(More)
—Memory devices represent a key component of datacenter total cost of ownership (TCO), and techniques used to reduce errors that occur on these devices increase this cost. Existing approaches to providing reliability for memory devices pessimistically treat all data as equally vulnerable to memory errors. Our key insight is that there exists a diverse(More)
New phase-change memory (PCM) devices have low-access latencies (like DRAM) and high capacities (i.e., low cost per bit, like Flash). In addition to being able to scale to smaller cell sizes than DRAM, a PCM cell can also store multiple bits per cell (referred to as multilevel cell, or MLC), enabling even greater capacity per bit. However, reading and(More)
Enterprises rely on decision support systems to influence critical business choices. At the same time, IT-related power costs are growing and are a key concern for enterprise executives. Yet, there is little work to date characterizing the power use of decision support systems. Towards this end, we present the first holistic measurements and analysis of an(More)
—Computing systems use dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) as main memory. As prior works have shown, failures in DRAM devices are an important source of errors in modern servers. To reduce the effects of memory errors, error correcting codes (ECC) have been developed to help detect and correct errors when they occur. In order to develop effective(More)
The environmental impact of servers and datacenters is an important future challenge. System architects have traditionally focused on operational energy as a proxy for designing green servers, but this ignores important environmental implications from server production (materials, manufacturing, etc.). In contrast, this paper argues for a lifecycle focus on(More)