The effectiveness of loop unrolling for modulo scheduling in clustered VLIW architectures
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rights accessOpen Access
Clustered organizations are becoming a common trend in the design of VLIW architectures. In this work we propose a novel modulo scheduling approach for such architectures. The proposed technique performs the cluster assignment and the instruction scheduling in a single pass, which is shown to be more effective than doing first the assignment and later the scheduling. We also show that loop unrolling significantly enhances the performance of the proposed scheduler especially when the communication channel among clusters is the main performance bottleneck. By selectively unrolling some loops, we can obtain the best performance with the minimum increase in code size. Performance evaluation for the SPECfp95 shows that the clustered architecture achieves about the same IPC (Instructions Per Cycle) as a unified architecture with the same resources. Moreover when the cycle time is taken into account, a 4-cluster configurations is 3.6 times faster than the unified architecture.
CitationSánchez, F., González, A. The effectiveness of loop unrolling for modulo scheduling in clustered VLIW architectures. A: International Conference on Parallel Processing. "2000 International Conference on Parallel Processing: 21-24 August 2000, Toronto, Canada: proceedings". Toronto: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2000, p. 555-562.