Bubble Task: A Dynamic Execution Throttling Method for Multi-core Resource Management

  • Dongyou Seo
  • Myungsun Kim
  • Hyeonsang EomEmail author
  • Heon Y. Yeom
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8828)


Memory bandwidth is a major resource which is shared among all CPU cores. The development speed of memory bandwidth cannot catch up with the increasing number of CPU cores. Thus, the contention for occupying more memory bandwidth among concurrently executing tasks occurs. In this paper, we have presented Bubble Task method which mitigates memory contention via throttling technique. We made a memory contention modeling for dynamically deciding throttling ratio and implemented both software and hardware versions to present trade-off between fine-grained adjustment and stable fairness. Bubble Task can lead to performance improvement in STREAM benchmark suite which is one of the most memory hungry benchmark by 21 % and fairness in memory bandwidth sharing among SPEC CPU 2006 applications which have different memory access patterns.


Multicore processor SMP platform CPU execution throttling Resource contention Bandwidth fairness 



This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2013R1A1A2064629), Next-Generation Information Computing Development Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT&Future Planning (No. 2010-0020731), and Educational-Industrial Cooperation Project sponsored by Samsung Electronics DMC R&D Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongyou Seo
    • 1
  • Myungsun Kim
    • 2
  • Hyeonsang Eom
    • 1
    Email author
  • Heon Y. Yeom
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and EngineeringSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.DMC R&D Samsung ElectronicsSuwonKorea

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