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 +======Variation-Aware Dynamic Voltage/​Frequency Scaling======
 +Tuesday February 3, 2009\\
 +Hamerschlag Hall D-210\\
 +4:00 pm\\
 +[[http://​www.ece.cmu.edu/​~sherbert|Sebastian Herbert]]\\
 +Carnegie Mellon University\\
 +Fine-grained dynamic voltage/​frequency scaling (DVFS) is an important tool
 +in managing the balance between power and performance in
 +chip-multiprocessors. Although manufacturing process variations are giving
 +rise to significant core-to-core variations in power and performance,​
 +traditional DVFS controllers are unaware of these variations.
 +Exploiting the different power/​performance profiles of the cores can
 +significantly improve energy-efficiency. Two hardware DVFS control
 +algorithms are considered and the gains enabled by incorporating
 +variability-awareness are demonstrated on multithreaded commercial
 +workloads. For a design with per-core voltage/​frequency islands (VFIs), the
 +mean power per unit throughput for a simple threshold-based controller is
 +reduced by 8.0% when variability-awareness is added. ​ A complex
 +greedy-search controller sees an even larger reduction of 15.4%.
 +Designs which apply DVFS at a coarser granularity are also considered, and
 +the variability-aware schemes maintain significant improvement over the
 +-unaware ones. With four cores per VFI, variability-awareness reduces
 +power/​throughput by 6.5% and 9.2% for the threshold-based and greedy-search
 +controllers,​ respectively. ​
 +Sebastian Herbert is a PhD student in the ECE department working with
 +Prof. Diana Marculescu. His research focuses on the design of
 +energy-efficient and variability-tolerant multicore architecture. ​
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