Switching activity and schedule length are the two most important factors that influence the energy consumption of an application executed on a VLIW (very long instruction word) processor. Considering these two factors together, we propose an instruction-level energy-minimisation scheduling technique to reduce the energy consumption of applications on VLIW processors. We first formally prove that this problem is NP-complete. Then three heuristic algorithms, MSAS, MLMSA, and EMSA, are proposed. While switching activity and schedule length are given higher priority in MSAS and MLMSA respectively, EMSA gives the best result considering both of them. The experimental results show that EMSA gives a 31.7% reduction in energy compared with the traditional list scheduling approach on average.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2004|
- low power
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications