Dark silicon as a challenge for hardware/software co-design

Muhammad Shafique, Siddharth Garg, Tulika Mitra, Sri Parameswaran, Jörg Henkel

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Abstract

Dark Silicon refers to the observation that in future technology nodes, it may only be possible to power-on a fraction of on-chip resources (processing cores, hardware accelerators, cache blocks and so on) in order to stay within the power budget and safe thermal limits, while the other resources will have to be kept powered-off or "dark". In other words, chips will have an abundance of transistors, i.e., more than the number that can be simultaneously powered-on. Heterogeneous computing has been proposed as one way to effectively leverage this abundance of transistors in order to increase performance, energy efficiency and even reliability within power and thermal constraints. However, several critical challenges remain to be addressed including design, automated synthesis, design space exploration and run-time management of heterogeneous dark silicon processors. The hardware/software co-design and synthesis community has potentially much to contribute in solving these new challenges introduced by dark silicon and, in particular, heterogeneous computing. In this paper, we identify and highlight some of these critical challenges, and outline some of our early research efforts in addressing them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2014
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330510
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2014 - New Delhi, India
Duration: Oct 12 2014Oct 17 2014

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Name2014 International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2014

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Other2014 International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2014
CountryIndia
CityNew Delhi
Period10/12/1410/17/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture

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    Shafique, M., Garg, S., Mitra, T., Parameswaran, S., & Henkel, J. (2014). Dark silicon as a challenge for hardware/software co-design. In 2014 International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2014 [a13] (2014 International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2014). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2656075.2661645