Single Thread Performance in an In-Order Multi-Threaded Processor

N Elnozahy Elmootazbellah (Inventor), Ahmed Gheith (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

A mechanism is provided for improving single-thread performance for a multi-threaded, in-order processor core. In a first phase, a compiler analyzes application code to identify instructions that can be executed in parallel with focus on instruction-level parallelism and removing any register interference between the threads. The compiler inserts as appropriate synchronization instructions supported by the apparatus to ensure that the resulting execution of the threads is equivalent to the execution of the application code in a single thread. In a second phase, an operating system schedules the threads produced in the first phase on the hardware threads of a single processor core such that they execute simultaneously. In a third phase, the microprocessor core executes the threads specified by the second phase such that there is one hardware thread executing an application thread.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Patent numberUS2011265068
IPCG06F 9/ 45 A I
Priority date04/27/10
StatePublished - Oct 27 2011
Externally publishedYes

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