Register integration

Amir Roth, Gurindar S. Sohi
2000 Proceedings of the 33rd annual ACM/IEEE international symposium on Microarchitecture - MICRO 33  
Register integration (or simply integration) is a mechanism for incorporating speculative results directly into a sequential execution using data-dependence relationships. In this paper, we use integration to implement squash reuse, the salvaging of instruction results that were needlessly discarded during the course of sequential recovery from a control-or data-misspeculation. To implement integration, we first allow the results of squashed instructions to remain in the physical register file
more » ... ical register file past mis-speculation recovery. As the processor re-traces portions of the squashed path, integration logic examines each instruction as it is being renamed. Using an auxiliary table, this circuit searches the physical register file for the physical register belonging to the corresponding squashed instance of the instruction. If this register is found, integration succeeds and the squashed result is re-validated by a simple update of the rename table. Once integrated, an instruction is complete and may bypass the out-of-order core of the machine entirely. Integration reduces contention for queuing and execution resources, collapses dependent chains of instructions and accelerates the resolution of branches. It achieves this using only rename-table manipulations; no additional values are read from or written to the physical registers. Our preliminary evaluation shows that a minimal integration configuration can provide performance improvements of up to 8% when applied to current-generation micro-architectures and up to 11.5% when applied to more aggressive microarchitectures. Integration also reduces the amount of wasteful speculation in the machine, cutting the number of instructions executed by up to 15% and the number of instructions fetched along mis-speculated paths by as much as 6%.
doi:10.1145/360128.360151 fatcat:bfhabc7h6jg6zk2nh434yfdpnq