Issue No.07 - July (2005 vol.54)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TC.2005.119
Instruction memoization is a promising technique to reduce the power consumption and increase the performance of future low-end/mobile multimedia systems. Power and performance efficiency can be improved by reusing instances of an already executed operation. Unfortunately, this technique may not always be worth the effort due to the power consumption and area impact of the tables required to leverage an adequate level of reuse. In this paper, we introduce and evaluate a novel way of understanding multimedia floating-point operations based on the fuzzy computation paradigm: Performance and power consumption can be improved at the cost of small precision losses in computation. By exploiting this implicit characteristic of multimedia applications, we propose a new technique called tolerant memoization. This technique expands the capabilities of classic memoization by associating entries with similar inputs to the same output. We evaluate this new technique by measuring the effect of tolerant memoization for floating-point operations in a low-power multimedia processor and discuss the trade-offs between performance and quality of the media outputs. We report energy improvements of 12 percent for a set of key multimedia applications with small LUT of 6 Kbytes, compared to 3 percent obtained using previously proposed techniques.
Index Terms- Low-power design, special-purpose and application-based systems, real-time and embedded systems.
Jes? Corbal, Carlos ?lvarez, "Fuzzy Memoization for Floating-Point Multimedia Applications", IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol.54, no. 7, pp. 922-927, July 2005, doi:10.1109/TC.2005.119