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2011 International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (2011)
Galveston, Texas USA
Oct. 10, 2011 to Oct. 14, 2011
ISSN: 1089-795X
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4566-0
pp: 220
Applications based on Deterministic Finite Automata (DFA) are important for many tasks, including lexing in web browsers, routing in networks, decoding in cryptography and so on. The efficiency of these applications are often critical, but parallelizing them is difficult due to strong dependences among states. Recent years have seen some employment of speculative execution to address that problem. Even though some promising results have been shown, existing designs are all static, lack of the capability to adapt to specific DFA applications and inputs to maximize the speculation benefits. In this work, we initiate an exploration to the inherent relations between the design of speculation schemes and the properties of DFA and inputs. After revealing some theoretical findings in the relations, we develop a model-based approach to maximizing the performance of speculatively executed DFA-based applications. Experiments demonstrate that the developed techniques can accelerate speculative executions by a factor of integers compared to the state-of-the-art techniques.

Z. Zhao and B. Wu, "Probabilistic Models Towards Optimal Speculation of DFA Applications," 2011 International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques(PACT), Galveston, Texas USA, 2011, pp. 220.
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