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Factors Influencing the Performance of a CPU-RFU Hybrid Architecture

Tuesday October 8, 2002
Hamerschlag Hall D-210
4:00 p.m.

Girish Venkataramani
Girish Venkataramani

Carnegie Mellon University

Closely coupling a reconfigurable fabric with a conventional processor has been shown to successfully improve the system performance. However, today's superscalar processors are both complex and adept at extracting Instruction Level Parallelism (ILP), which introduces many complex issues to the design of a hybrid CPU-RFU system. This work examines the design of a superscalar processor augmented with a closely-coupled reconfigurable fabric, and identifies architectural and compiler issues that affect the performance of the overall system.




Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringCarnegie Mellon UniversitySchool of Computer Science