Energy savings through compression in embedded Java environments

G. Chen, M. Kandemir, N. Vijaykrishnan, M. J. Irwin, W. Wolf

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Limited energy and memory resources are important constraints in the design of an embedded system. Compression is an useful and widely employed mechanism to reduce the memory requirements of the system. As the leakage energy of a memory system increases with its size and because of the increasing contribution of leakage to overall system energy, compression also has a significant effect on reducing energy consumption. However, storing compressed data/instructions has a performance and energy overhead associated with decompression at runtime. The underlying compression algorithm, the corresponding implementation of the decompression and the ability to reuse decompressed information critically impact this overhead. In this paper, we explore the influence of compression on overall memory energy using a commercial embedded Java virtual machine (JVM) and a customized compression algorithm. Our results show that compression is effective in reducing energy even when considering the runtime decompression overheads for most applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2002
EventProceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Hardware/Software Codesign: CODES 2002 - Estes Park, CO, United States
Duration: May 6 2002May 8 2002


OtherProceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Hardware/Software Codesign: CODES 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityEstes Park, CO

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture


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