Exploiting unbalanced thread scheduling for energy and performance on a CMP of SMT processors

Matthew DeVuyst, Rakesh Kumar, Dean M. Tullsen

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Abstract

This paper explores thread scheduling on an increasingly popular architecture: chip multiprocessors with simultaneous multithreading cores. Conventional multiprocessor scheduling, applied to this architecture, will attempt to balance the thread load across cores. This research demonstrates that such an approach eliminates one of the big advantages of this architecture - the ability to use unbalanced schedules to allocate the right amount of execution resources to each thread. However, accommodating unbalanced schedules creates several difficulties, the biggest being the fact that the search space of all schedules (both balanced and unbalanced) is much greater than that of the balanced schedules alone. This work proposes and evaluates scheduling policies that allow the system to identify and migrate toward good thread schedules, whether the best schedules are balanced or unbalanced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication20th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2006
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)1424400546, 9781424400546
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event20th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2006 - Rhodes Island, Greece
Duration: Apr 25 2006Apr 29 2006

Publication series

Name20th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2006
Volume2006

Other

Other20th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2006
CountryGreece
CityRhodes Island
Period4/25/064/29/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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