Resource Conflict Detection in Simulation of Function Unit Pipelines
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- Jääskeläinen P., Guzma V., Takala J. (2007) Resource Conflict Detection in Simulation of Function Unit Pipelines. In: Vassiliadis S., Bereković M., Hämäläinen T.D. (eds) Embedded Computer Systems: Architectures, Modeling, and Simulation. SAMOS 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4599. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Processor simulators are important parts of processor design toolsets in which they are used to verify and evaluate the properties of the designed processors. While simulating architectures with independent function unit pipelines using simulation techniques that avoid the overhead of instruction bit-string interpretation, such as compiled simulation, the simulation of function unit pipelines can become one of the new bottlenecks for simulation speed.
This paper evaluates commonly used models for function unit pipeline resource conflict detection in processor simulation: a resource vector based-model, and an finite state automata (FSA) based model. In addition, an improvement to the simulation initialization time by means of lazy initialization of states in the FSA-based approach is proposed. The resulting model is faster to initialize and provides equal simulation speed when compared to the actively initialized FSA. Our benchmarks show at best 23 percent improvement to the initialization time.
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