doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0208

High-Resolution Online Power Monitoring for Modern Microprocessors

Fabian Oborila, Jos Ewertb and Mehdi B. Tahooric

Chair of Dependable Nano Computing (CDNC), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany.


The power consumption of computing systems is nowadays a major design constraint that affects performance and reliability. To cooptimize these aspects, fine-grained adaptation techniques at runtime are of growing importance. However, to use these tools efficiently, fine-grained information about the power consumption of various on-chip components at runtime is required. Therefore, here we propose a novel softwareimplemented high-resolution (spatial and temporal) power monitoring approach that relies on micro-models to estimate the power consumption of all microarchitectural components inside a processor core. Combined with a self-calibration technique that uses an available on-chip power sensor, our power estimation approach can achieve an accuracy of more than 99% and provides deep insights about the power dissipation inside a processor core during workload execution.

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