STRIPE: signal selection for runtime power estimation

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Title: STRIPE: signal selection for runtime power estimation
Authors: Davis, J
Levine, J
Stott, E
Hung, E
Cheung, P
Constantinides, GA
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Knowledge of power consumption at a subsystem level can facilitate adaptive energy-saving techniques such as power gating, runtime task mapping and dynamic voltage and/or frequency scaling. While we have the ability to attribute power to an arbitrary hardware system's modules in real time, the selection of the particular signals to monitor for the purpose of power estimation within any given module has yet to be treated as a primary concern. In this paper, we show how the automatic analysis of circuit structure and behaviour inferred through vectored simulation can be used to produce high-quality rankings of signals' importance, with the resulting selections able to achieve lower power estimation error than those of prior work coupled with decreases in area, power and modelling complexity. In particular, by monitoring just eight signals per module (~0.3% of the total) across the 15 we examined, we demonstrate how to achieve runtime module-level estimation errors 1.5--6.9x lower than when reliant on the signal selections made in accordance with a more straightforward, previously published metric.
Issue Date: 4-Sep-2017
Date of Acceptance: 21-Jun-2017
Publisher: IEEE
Copyright Statement: This paper is embargoed until publication.
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Royal Academy Of Engineering
Imagination Technologies Ltd
Funder's Grant Number: EP/I020357/1
11908 (EP/K034448/1)
Prof Constantinides Chair
Prof Constantinides Chair
Conference Name: International Confererence on Field-programmable Logic and Applications (FPL)
Publication Status: Accepted
Start Date: 2017-09-04
Finish Date: 2017-09-08
Conference Place: Ghent, Belgium
Embargo Date: publication subject to indefinite embargo
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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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