Power reduction of superscalar processor functional units by resizing adder-width


This paper presents a hardware technique to reduce of static and dynamic power consumption in FUs. This approach entails substituting some of the power-hungry adders of a 64-bit superscalar processor, by others with lower power-consumption, and modifying the slot protocol in order to issue as much instructions as possible to those low power consumption units incurring marginal performance penalties. Our proposal saves between a 2% and a 45% of power-performance in FUs and between a 16% and a 65% of power-consumption in adders.

International Workshop on Power and Timing Modeling, Optimization and Simulation
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.