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Over the past decade, mobile computing and wireless communication have become increasingly important drivers of many new computing applications. The field of wireless sensor networks particularly focuses on applications involving autonomous use of compute, sensing, and wireless communication devices for both scientific and commercial purposes. This paper(More)
Multiple Clock Domain (MCD) processors are a promising future alternative to today's fully synchronous designs. Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) in an MCD processor has the extra flexibility to adjust the voltage and frequency in each domain independently. Most existing DVFS approaches are profile-based offline schemes which are mainly suitable(More)
Designers are moving toward chip-multiprocessors (CMPs) to leverage application parallelism for higher performance while keeping design complexity under control. However, to date, no power management techniques have been proposed for coordinated power control of multiple processor cores.In this paper, we illustrate how the use of local, per-tile dynamic(More)
Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) is a widely used method for energy-efficient computing. In this paper, we present a new intra-task online DVFS scheme for multiple clock domain (MCD) processors. Most existing online DVFS schemes for MCD processors use a fixed time interval between possible voltage/frequency changes. The downside to this approach(More)
Much of on-chip storage is devoted to transient, often short-lived, data. Despite this, virtually all on-chip array structures use six-transistor (6T) static RAM cells that store data indefinitely. In this paper we propose the use of quasi-static four-transistor (4T) RAM cells. Quasi-static 4T cells provide both energy and area savings. These cells have no(More)
With semiconductor technology advancing toward deep submicron, leakage energy is of increasing concern, especially for large on-chip array structures such as caches and branch predictors. Recent work has suggested that larger, aggressive branch predictors can and should be used in order to improve microprocessor performance. A further consideration is that(More)
This paper shows that substantial reductions in leakage energy can be obtained by deactivating groups of branch-predictor entries if they lie idle for a sufficiently long time. Decay techniques, first introduced by Kaxiras et al. for caches, work by tracking accesses to cache lines and turning off power to those that lie idle for a sufficiently long period(More)
Chip multi-processors (CMPs) already have widespread commercial availability, and technology roadmaps project enough on-chip transistors to replicate tens or hundreds of current processor cores. How will we express parallelism, partition applications, and schedule/place/migrate threads on these highly-parallel CMPs?This paper presents and evaluates a new(More)
This paper proposes the use of four-transistor (4T) cacheand branch predictor array cell designs to address increasingworries regarding leakage power dissipation. While 4T designslose state when infrequently accessed, they have very lowleakage, smaller area, and no capacitive loads to switch. Thisshort paper gives an overview of 4T implementation issues(More)