A Superscalar software architecture model for Multi-Core Processors (MCPs)

Gyu Sang Choi, Chita R. Das

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Abstract

Design of high-performance servers has become a research thrust to meet the increasing demand of network-based applications. One approach to design such architectures is to exploit the enormous computing power of Multi-Core Processors (MCPs) that are envisioned to become the state-of-the-art in processor architecture. In this paper, we propose a new software architecture model, called SuperScalar, suitable for MCP machines. The proposed SuperScalar model consists of multiple pipelined thread pools, where each pipelined thread pool consists of multiple threads, and each thread takes a different role. The main advantages of the proposed model are global information sharing by the threads and minimal memory requirement due to fewer threads. We have conducted in-depth performance analyses of the proposed scheme along with three prior software architecture schemes (Multi-Process (MP), Multi-Thread (MT) and Event-Driven (ED)) via an analytical model. The performance results indicate that the proposed SuperScalar model shows the best performance across all system and workload parameters compared to the MP, MT and ED models. Although the MT model shows competitive performance with less number of processing cores and smaller data cache size, the advantage of the SuperScalar model becomes obvious as the number of processing cores increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1823-1837
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Volume83
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture

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