Energy Conservation in Memory Hierarchies using Power-Aware Cached-DRAM

Authors Daniel Mossé, Nevine AbouGhazaleh, Bruce Childers, Rami Melhem



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Daniel Mossé
Nevine AbouGhazaleh
Bruce Childers
Rami Melhem

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Daniel Mossé, Nevine AbouGhazaleh, Bruce Childers, and Rami Melhem. Energy Conservation in Memory Hierarchies using Power-Aware Cached-DRAM. In Power-aware Computing Systems. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5141, pp. 1-10, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2005)
https://doi.org/10.4230/DagSemProc.05141.5

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Main memory has become one of the largest contributors to overall energy consumption and offers many opportunities for power/energy reduction. In this paper, we propose a new memory organization, called {em Power-Aware Cached-DRAM} (PA-CDRAM), that integrates a moderately sized cache directly into a memory device. We use this cache to turn a memory bank off immediately after a memory access to reduce energy consumption. While other work has used CDRAM to improve memory performance, we modify CDRAM to reduce energy consumption. In this paper, we describe our memory organization and describe the challenges for achieving low energy consumption and how to address them. We evaluate the approach using a cycle accurate processor and memory simulator. Our results show that PA-CDRAM achieves an average 28% improvement in the energy-delay product when compared to a time-out power management technique.
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  • Memory power management
  • cached DRAM

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