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VLSI Design, International Conference on (2007)
Bangalore, India
Jan. 6, 2007 to Jan. 10, 2007
ISSN: 1063-9667
ISBN: 0-7695-2762-0
pp: 551-558
Kolin Paul , Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Nagaraju Pothineni , Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Anshul Kumar , Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Performance of an application can be improved through augmenting the processor with Application specific Functional Units (AFUs). Usually a cluster of operations identified from the application forms the behavior of an AFU. Several researchers studied the impact of Input and Output (I/O) constraints for a legal operation cluster on the overall achievable speedup. The general observation is that the speedup potential grows with the relaxation of I/O constraints. Going further, in this paper, we investigate the speedup potential of AFUs in the absence of I/O constraints. Design challenge in the absence of I/O constraints is addressed in a very practical manner, through the identification of maximal convex subgraphs. Usually the available register ports are few but the number of inputs/outputs of the identified patterns are likely to be large. We solve the register port limitation by the design of distributed I/O functional units, in which the operands are communicated in multiple cycles. The experimental results show that selection of maximal clusters achieves average 50% higher speedup than selecting I/O constrained operation clusters. Also, our identification algorithm runs 2 to 3 orders faster than an exhaustive identification approach.
Kolin Paul, Nagaraju Pothineni, Anshul Kumar, "Application Specific Datapath Extension with Distributed I/O Functional Units", VLSI Design, International Conference on, vol. 00, no. , pp. 551-558, 2007, doi:10.1109/VLSID.2007.40
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