Thermal Management for S-NUCA Many-Cores via Synchronous Thread Rotations


On-chip thermal management is quintessential to a thermally safe operation of a many-core processor. The presence of a physically distributed logically shared Last-Level Cache (LLC) significantly reduces the performance penalty of migrating threads within the cores of an S-NUCA many-core. This cost reduction allows novel thermal management of these many-cores via synchronous thread migration. Synchronous thread migration provides a viable alternative to Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) and asynchronous thread migration used traditionally to manage thermals of S-NUCA many-cores. We present a theoretical method to compute the peak tem-perature in many-cores with synchronous thread migrations. We use the method to create a thermal management heuristic called HotPotato that maximizes the performance of S-NUCA many-cores under a peak temperature constraint. We implement HotPotato within the state-of-the-art HotSniper simulator. Detailed interval thermal simulations with HotSniper show an average 10.72% improvement in response time of S-NUCA many-cores when scheduling with HotPotato compared to a state-of-the-art thermal-aware S-NUCA scheduler.

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Anuj Pathania
Anuj Pathania
Assistant Professor

Anuj Pathania is an Assistant Professor in the Parallel Computing Systems (PCS) group at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His research focuses on the design of sustainable systems deployed in power-, thermal-, energy- and reliability-constrained environments.