Sim-async: An architectural simulator for asynchronous processor modeling using distribution functions


In this paper we present sim-async, an architectural simulator able to model a 64-bit asynchronous superscalar microarchitecture. The aim of this tool is to serve the designers on the study of different architectural proposals for asynchronous processors. Sim-async models the data-dependant timing of the processor modules by using distribution functions that describe the probability of a given delay to be spent on a computation. This idea of characterizing the timing of the modules at the architectural level of abstraction using distribution functions is introduced for the first time with this work. In addition, sim-async models the delays of all the relevant hardware involved in the asynchronous communication between stages. To tackle the development of sim-async we have modified the source code of SimpleScalar by substituting the simulator’s core with our own execution engine, which provides the functionality of a parameterizable microarchitecture adapted to the Alpha ISA. The correctness of sim-async was checked by comparing the outputs of the SPEC2000 benchmarks with SimpleScalar executions, and the asynchronous behavior was successfully tested in relation to a synchronous configuration of sim-async.

European Conference on Parallel Processing
J. Manuel Colmenar
J. Manuel Colmenar
Associate Professor

My research interests are focused on metaheuristics applied to optimization problems. I have worked on different combinatorial optimization problems applying trajectorial algorithms such us GRASP or VNS. Besides, I am very interested in applications of Grammatical Evolution, specifically in model and prediction domain, as alternative to machine learning approaches.