ICCAD04

Simultaneous Communication and Processor Voltage Scaling for Dynamic and Leakage Energy Reduction in Time-Constrained Systems

Alexandru Andrei Author homepage
 
Marcus Schmitz
Petru Eles Author homepage
 
Zebo Peng Author homepage
Bashir M. Al-Hashimi

International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD 2004), San Jose, USA, November 7-11, 2004, pp. 362-269.

ABSTRACT
In this paper, we propose a new technique for the combined voltage scaling of processors and communication links, taking into account dynamic as well as leakage power consumption. The voltage scaling technique achieves energy efficiency by simultaneously scaling the supply and body bias voltages in the case of processors and buses with repeaters, while energy efficiency on fat wires is achieved through dynamic voltage swing scaling. We also introduce a set of accurate communication models for the energy estimation of voltage scalable embedded systems. In particular, we demonstrate that voltage scaling of bus repeaters and dynamic adaption of the voltage swing on fat wires can significantly influence the system's energy consumption. Experimental results, conducted on numerous generated benchmarks and a real-life example, demonstrate that substantial energy savings can be achieved with the proposed techniques.


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[ASEP04] Alexandru Andrei, Marcus Schmitz, Petru Eles, Zebo Peng, Bashir M. Al-Hashimi, "Simultaneous Communication and Processor Voltage Scaling for Dynamic and Leakage Energy Reduction in Time-Constrained Systems", International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD 2004), San Jose, USA, November 7-11, 2004, pp. 362-269.
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