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Article ACM Transactions on Computer Systems ; Volume 37, Issue 1-4 , 2021 ; 07342071 (ISSN) ; Mirhosseini, A ; Hajiabadi, A ; Ehsani, S. B ; Falahati, H ; Sarbazi Azad, H ; Drumond, M ; Falsafi, B ; Ausavarungnirun, R ; Mutlu, O ; Sharif University of Technology
Association for Computing Machinery 2021
Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) employ large register files to accommodate all active threads and accelerate context switching. Unfortunately, register files are a scalability bottleneck for future GPUs due to long access latency, high power consumption, and large silicon area provisioning. Prior work proposes hierarchical register file to reduce the register file power consumption by caching registers in a smaller register file cache. Unfortunately, this approach does not improve register access latency due to the low hit rate in the register file cache. In this article, we propose the Latency-Tolerant Register File (LTRF) architecture to achieve low latency in a two-level hierarchical...