Rapid Evaluation of Requirements for Vector Micro-Architectures
Tutor / director / evaluatorRamírez Bellido, Alejandro
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
English: Power consumption has become one of the dominant issues in processor design, especially important in embedded systems and data centers. One of possible solution that can address this issue and provide higher performance for existing applications and new capabilities for future applications used in hand-held devices and data centers is to use vector processor. This thesis presents the design and implementation of a vector library that enables the vectorization of the target applications and allows to characterize them. We also present the ETModel: a simple trace-driven simulator for vector processors. It is used to analyse the micro-architectural requirements of the vectorized applications. We show that the target applications are highly vectorizable with a degree of vectorization from 62.9% for H264ref to 91% for ECLAT. Detailed instruction level characteristics such as the distribution of vector instructions, the distribution of vector lengths, etc. are also presented in the thesis. The thesis contains detailed timing analysis of the vectorized applications for di erent micro-architectural con gurations of a vector processor. We measured the execution time for the di erent con gurations of cache hierarchy, main memory latencies, maximum vector lengths and con guration of functional units, as well as the usage of functional units. All these help in understanding the behavior of the vectorized applications and requirements of vector micro-architecture.
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