doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0724

An Online Thermal-Constrained Task Scheduler for 3D Multi-Core Processors

Chien-Hui Liao1, Charles H.-P. Wen2 and Krishnendu Chakrabarty3

1Inst. of Communications Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

2Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

3Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.


Hotspots occur frequently in 3D multi-core processors (3D-MCPs) and they can adversely impact system reliability and lifetime. Moreover, frequent occurrences of hotspots lead to more dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS), resulting in degraded throughput. Therefore, a new thermal-constrained task scheduler based on thermal-pattern-aware voltage assignment (TPAVA) is proposed in this paper. By analyzing temperature profiles of different voltage assignments, TPAVA pre-emptively assigns different operating-voltage levels to cores for reducing temperature increase in 3D-MCPs. Moreover, the proposed task scheduler integrates a vertical-grouping voltage scaling (VGVS) strategy that considers thermal correlation in 3D-MCPs. Experimental results show that, compared with two previous methods, the proposed task scheduler can respectively lower hotspot occurrences by 47:13% and 53:91%, and improve throughput by 6:50% and 32:06%. As a result, TPAVA and VGVS are effectively for reducing occurrences of hotspots and optimizing throughput for 3D-MCPs under thermal constraints.

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