A framework for automatic custom instruction identification on multi-issue ASIPs

A.S. Nery, N. Nedjah, F.M.G. Franca, L. Jozwiak, H. Corporaal

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Custom Instruction Identification is an important part in the design of efficient Application-Specific Processors (ASIPs). It consists of profiling of a given application to find patterns of basic operations that are frequently executed. Operations of such patterns can be implemented together as a single custom instruction to speedup the execution of the application. Because of the problem's high complexity, several methods have been proposed for specific single-issue (RISC) processors and architectures, limiting the shape and size of custom instructions that can actually be identified and, possibly, implemented. In this paper, we propose and discuss an efficient custom instruction set identification method and corresponding automatic tool for multi-issue VLIW ASIPs, which search for the common operation patterns of the most frequently executed basic blocks of a given application, with different sizes and shapes. The speedup results for the custom instructions identified by our tool are provided for a set of benchmark applications. The speedup is up to 68%, with only a few custom instructions used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), 27-30 July 2014, Porte Alegro
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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