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David Atienza, EFPL Switzerland, OH 14, E23

Event Date: February 19, 2015 16:15


Thermal-Aware Design of 2D/3D Multi-Processor System-on-Chip Architectures

The evolution of process technologies has allowed us to design compact high-performance computing servers made of 2D and 3D multi-processor system-on-chip (MPSoC) architectures. However, the increase in power density, especially in 3D-stacked MPSoCs, significantly increases heat densities, which can result in degraded performance if the system overheats or in significant overcooling costs if temperature is not properly managed at all levels of abstraction. In this talk I will first present the latest approaches to capture transient system-level thermal behavior of 2D/3D MPSoC including fluidic micro-cooling capabilities, as in the case of IBM Aquasar (1st chip-level water-cooled) supercomputer. Next, I will detail a new family of model-based temperature controllers for energy-efficient 2D/3D MPSoC management. These new run-time controllers exploit both hardware and software layers to limit the maximum MPSoC temperature, and include a thermal-aware job scheduler and apply selectively dynamic frequency and voltage scaling (DVFS) to also balance the temperature across the chip in order to maximize cooling efficiency. One key feature of this new proposed family of thermal controllers is their maximum system temperature forecasting capability, which is used to dynamically compensate for the cooling system delays in reacting to temperature changes. The experiments on modeled 2- and 4-layered 2D/3D MPSoCs industrial designs show that this system-level thermal-aware design approach can enable up to 80% energy savings with respect to state-of-the-art computing severs designs. Finally, I will outline how the combination of inter-tier liquid cooling technologies and micro-fluidic fuel cells can overcome the problem of dark silicon and energy proportionality deployment in future generations of many-core servers and datacenters.

Short biography

David Atienza is associate professor of EE and director of the Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) at EPFL, Switzerland. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in computer science and engineering from UCM, Spain, and IMEC, Belgium, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. His research interests focus on system-level design methodologies for high-performance multi-processor Systems-on-Chip (MPSoC) and low-power embedded systems, including new thermal-aware design for 2D and 3D MPSoCs, design methods and architectures for wireless body sensor networks, and memory management. In these fields, he is co-author of more than 200 publications in prestigious journals and international conferences, several book chapters and seven U.S. patents.


He has earned several best paper awards at top venues in electronic design automation and computer and system engineering in these areas; he received the IEEE CEDA Early Career Award in 2013, the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award in 2012 and a Faculty Award from Sun Labs at Oracle in 2011. He is a Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015) of the IEEE CASS, and is Senior Member of IEEE and ACM. He serves at TPC Chair of DATE 2015 and has been recently appointed as General Chair of DATE 2107.



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