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Memory Architecture Exploration Framework for Cache Based Embedded SoC

Kumar, Rajesh TS and Ravikumar, CP and Govindarajan, R (2008) Memory Architecture Exploration Framework for Cache Based Embedded SoC. In: Proc.of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSI-08) Hyderabad, India, 4-8 Jan. 2008, Hyderabad .

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Abstract

Today's feature-rich multimedia products require embedded system solution with complex System-on-Chip (SoC) to meet market expectations of high performance at a low cost and lower energy consumption. The memory architecture of the embedded system strongly influences critical system design objectives like area, power and performance. Hence the embedded system designer performs a complete memory architecture exploration to custom design a memory architecture for a given set of applications. Further, the designer would be interested in multiple optimal design points to address various market segments. However, tight time-to-market constraints enforces short design cycle time. In this paper we address the multi-level multi-objective memory architecture exploration problem through a combination of exhaustive-search based memory exploration at the outer level and a two step based integrated data layout for SPRAM-Cache based architectures at the inner level. We present a two step integrated approach for data layout for SPRAM-Cache based hybrid architectures with the first step as data-partitioning that partitions data between SPRAM and Cache, and the second step is the cache conscious data layout. We formulate the cache-conscious data layout as a graph partitioning problem and show that our approach gives up to 34% improvement over an existing approach and also optimizes the off-chip memory address space. We experimented our approach with 3 embedded multimedia applications and our approach explores several hundred memory configurations for each application, yielding several optimal design points in a few hours of computation on a standard desktop.

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Department/Centre: Division of Information Sciences > Supercomputer Education & Research Centre
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2011 08:53
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2011 08:53
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/40725

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