Optimizing Energy Consumption and Application Performance in a Multi-Core Multi-Threaded Processor System

N Elnozahy Elmootazbellah (Inventor), L Hanson Heather (Inventor), L Rawson, Iii Freeman (Inventor), S Ware Malcolm (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

A mechanism is provided for scheduling application tasks. A scheduler receives a task that identifies a desired frequency and a desired maximum number of competing hardware threads. The scheduler determines whether a user preference designates either maximization of performance or minimization of energy consumption. Responsive to the user preference designating the performance, the scheduler determines whether there is an idle processor core in a plurality of processor cores available. Responsive to no idle processor being available, the scheduler identifies a subset of processor cores having a smallest load coefficient. From the subset of processor cores, the scheduler determines whether there is at least one processor core that matches desired parameters of the task.; Responsive to at least one processor core matching the desired parameters of the task, the scheduler assigns the task to one of the at least one processor core that matches the desired parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Patent numberUS2011296212
IPCG06F 1/ 32 A I
Priority date05/26/10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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