A Register File Architecture and Compilation Scheme for Clustered ILP Processors [chapter]

Krishnan Kailas, Manoj Franklin, Kemal Ebcioğlu
2002 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
In Clustered Instruction-level Parallel (ILP) processors, the function units are partitioned and resources such as register file and cache are either partitioned or replicated and then grouped together into onchip clusters. We present a novel partitioned register file architecture for clustered ILP processors which exploits the temporal locality of references to remote registers in a cluster and combines multiple inter-cluster communication operations into a single broadcast operation using a
more » ... w sendb instruction. Our scheme makes use of a small Caching Register Buffer (CRB) attached to the traditional partitioned local register file, which is used to store copies of remote registers. We present an efficient code generation algorithm to schedule sendb operations on-the-fly. Detailed experimental results show that a windowed CRB with just 4 entries provides the same performance as that of a partitioned register file with infinite non-architected register space for keeping remote registers.
doi:10.1007/3-540-45706-2_68 fatcat:cw37lzv3svfotfwme3cpyawupy