doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0743

Race to Idle or Not: Balancing the Memory Sleep Time with DVS for Energy Minimization

Chenchen Fu, Minming Li and Chun Jason Xue

Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Reducing energy consumption is a critical problem in most of the computing systems today. In recent years, dynamic voltage scaling (DVS) has been often applied in the multi-core processor systems. The leakage power of the main memory shared by the multiple DVS cores is becoming a larger problem with technology scaling. This paper focuses on minimizing the system-wide energy consumption by applying DVS on each core and turning the memory to sleep when all the cores have common idle time. This work presents systematic analysis for the target problem based on different system models and task models. For tasks with common release time , optimal schemes are presented for the systems both with and without considering the static power of the cores. For the general task model, a heuristic online algorithm is proposed. Furthermore, the scheme is extended to handle the problem when the transition overhead between the active and sleep modes is not negligible. The experimental results show that the heuristic algorithm can reduce the energy consumption of the overall system by 8.73% in average (up to 28.44%) compared to a state-of-the-art multi-core DVS scheduling scheme.

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