Approximate on-the-fly coarse-grained reconfigurable acceleration for general-purpose applications

Marcelo Brandalero, Antonio Carlos S. Beck, Luigi Carro, Muhammad Shafique

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Abstract

Approximate functional unit designs have the potential to reduce power consumption significantly compared to their precise counterparts; however, few works have investigated composing them to build generic accelerators. In this work, we do a design-space exploration of state-of-the-art approximate designs, propose a flow for designing approximate coarse-grained reconfigurable arrays (CGRAs), and discuss compilation and runtime reconfiguration issues. We compare the energy savings of precise and approximate reconfigurable acceleration and show that the latter can provide up to 50% additional power savings under a 10% quality loss constraint for the applications in the AxBench suite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 55th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781450357005
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 24 2018
Event55th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2018 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2018Jun 29 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
VolumePart F137710
ISSN (Print)0738-100X

Other

Other55th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period6/24/186/29/18

Keywords

  • Approximate computing
  • Coarse-grained reconfigurable architecture
  • Dark silicon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation

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