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SMT Switch: Software Mechanisms for Power Shifting
July-Dec. 2013 (vol. 12 no. 2)
pp. 67-70
Priyanka Tembey, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Augusto Vega, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights
Alper Buyuktosunoglu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights
Dilma Da Silva, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights
Pradip Bose, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights
Simultaneous multithreading (SMT) as a processor design to achieve higher levels of system and application throughput is a well-accepted and deployed technique in most desktop and server processors. We study the power implications of varying SMT levels i.e., thread counts per core for various multi-threaded applications on a real SMT multicore platform, and introduce a novel software mechanism of changing SMT level of a core to tune platform power. Power-shifting policies by varying per core SMT levels for performance benefits within a power cap are introduced. Projected power savings (of 15%) for a streaming parallel benchmark can be attained using SMT-level power shifting mechanisms.
Index Terms:
Power system management,Computer architecture,Program processors,Software engineering,Multithreading,Parallel processing,Scheduling,Hardware,Power Management,Computer Systems Organization,Processor Architectures,Other Architecture Styles,Multithreaded processors,Software/Software Engineering,Operating Systems,Process Management
Citation:
Priyanka Tembey, Augusto Vega, Alper Buyuktosunoglu, Dilma Da Silva, Pradip Bose, "SMT Switch: Software Mechanisms for Power Shifting," IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 67-70, July-Dec. 2013, doi:10.1109/L-CA.2012.26
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