Constructing virtual architectures on a tiled processor

David Wentzlaff, Anant Agarwal

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Abstract

As the amount of available silicon resources on one chip increases, we have seen the advent of ever increasing parallel resources integrated on-chip. Many architectures use these resources as individually controllable, parallel processing elements. While such architectures excel at parallel applications, they seldom support legacy single-threaded applications. In this work, we propose using parallel resources to facilitate execution of legacy codes with acceptable performance on parallel architectures containing a drastically different instruction set through the use of an all software parallel dynamic binary translation engine. This engine spatially implements different portions of a superscalar processor across distinct parallel elements thus exploiting the pipeline parallelism inherent in a superscalar. This virtual microarchitecture facilitates changing the allocation of silicon resources between different superscalar units in software which is not possible when special purpose physical resources are built. We propose building dynamically reconfigurable architectures that inspect the current virtual machine configuration along with the dynamic instruction stream and change the configuration to best suit the program's needs at runtime. An x86 to Raw parallel translation engine was built in which tiles dedicated to translation can be traded for tiles dedicated to the memory system as an example of dynamic reconfiguration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CGO 2006 - The 4th International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization
Pages173-184
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization, CGO 2006 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Mar 26 2006Mar 29 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the CGO 2006 - The 4th International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization

Other

Other4th International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization, CGO 2006
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period3/26/063/29/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

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