Automatic Generation of Miniaturized Synthetic Proxies for Target Applications to Efficiently Design Multicore Processors

Karthik Ganesan, Lizy Kurian John
2014 IEEE transactions on computers  
Prohibitive simulation time with pre-silicon design models and unavailability of proprietary target applications make microprocessor design very tedious. The framework proposed in this paper is the first attempt to automatically generate synthetic benchmark proxies for real world multithreaded applications. The framework includes metrics that characterize the behavior of the workloads in the shared caches, coherence logic, out-of-order cores, interconnection network and DRAM. The framework is
more » ... aluated by generating proxies for the workloads in the multithreaded PARSEC benchmark suite and validating their fidelity by comparing the microarchitecture dependent and independent metrics to that of the original workloads. The average error in IPC is 4.87% and maximum error is 10.8% for Raytrace in comparison to the original workloads. The average error in the power-per-cycle metric is 2.73% with a maximum of 5.5% when compared to original workloads. The representativeness of the proxies to that of the original workloads in terms of their sensitivity to design changes is evaluated by finding the correlation coefficient between the trends followed by the synthetic and the original for design changes in IPC, which is 0.92. A speedup of four to six orders of magnitude is achieved by using the synthetic proxies over the original workloads.
doi:10.1109/tc.2013.36 fatcat:soap53lusje7xbqersh3vio634