Intel Multi-Core Technology

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Intel Multi-Core Technology
Intel Multi-Core Technology
• New Energy Efficiency by Parallel Processing
– Multi cores in a single package
– Second generation high k + metal gate 32nm
Technology
• Intel Turbo Boost technology
– Changing frequency depending on workload
• Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
– Two threads on a single core
• Tera-scale computing
– Intend to scale multi-core to 100 cores and beyond
Multi-Core Hyper-Thread
• Multi-core chips allow 2 or more cores on a
single package on a computer.
• Multi-core chips do more work per clock cycle,
running at lower clock frequency.
• Hyper-thread allows efficient use of a single
processor
– by allowing multiple threads to share the core’s
resources
Interaction with the
Operating System
• OS perceives each core as a separate processor
• OS scheduler maps threads/processes
to different cores
• Most major OS support multi-core today:
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, …
Why multi-core ?
• Difficult to make single-core
clock frequencies even higher
• Deeply pipelined circuits:
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heat problems
speed of light problems
difficult design and verification
large design teams necessary
server farms need expensive
air-conditioning
• Many new applications are multithreaded
• General trend in computer architecture (shift
towards more parallelism)
Instruction-level parallelism
• Parallelism at the machine-instruction level
• The processor can re-order, pipeline
instructions, split them into microinstructions,
do aggressive branch prediction, etc.
• Instruction-level parallelism enabled rapid
increases in processor speeds over the last 15
years
Thread-level parallelism (TLP)
• This is parallelism on a more coarser scale
• Server can serve each client in a separate thread
(Web server, database server)
• A computer game can do AI, graphics, and
physics in three separate threads
• Single-core superscalar processors cannot fully
exploit TLP
• Multi-core architectures are the next step in
processor evolution: explicitly exploiting TLP
What applications benefit
from multi-core?
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Database servers
Web servers (Web commerce)
Compilers
Multimedia applications
Scientific applications, CAD/CAM
In general, applications with
Thread-level parallelism
(as opposed to instruction-level
parallelism)
A technique complementary to multi-core:
Simultaneous multithreading
Other execution units
wait unused
L2 Cache and Control
– Waiting for the result
of a long floating point
(or integer) operation
– Waiting for data to
arrive from memory
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
Integer
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
Decoder
Bus
• Problem addressed:
The processor pipeline
can get stalled:
BTB and I-TLB
uCode
ROM
Simultaneous multithreading (SMT)
• Permits multiple independent threads to execute
SIMULTANEOUSLY on the SAME core
• Weaving together multiple “threads”
on the same core
1. Example: if one thread is waiting for a floating
point operation to complete, another thread can
use the integer units
Without SMT, only a single thread can
run at any given time
L2 Cache and Control
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
Integer
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
uCode ROM
Bus
Decoder
BTB and I-TLB
Thread 1: floating point
Without SMT, only a single thread can
run at any given time
L2 Cache and Control
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
Integer
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
Bus
Decoder
BTB and I-TLB
Thread 2:
integer operation
uCode ROM
SMT processor: both threads can run
concurrently
L2 Cache and Control
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
Integer
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
uCode ROM
Bus
Decoder
BTB and I-TLB
Thread 2:
Thread 1: floating point
integer operation
SMT not a “true” parallel processor
• Enables better threading (e.g. up to 30%)
• OS and applications perceive each simultaneous
thread as a separate
“virtual processor”
• The chip has only a single copy
of each resource
• Compare to multi-core:
each core has its own copy of resources
Multi-core:
threads can run on separate cores
Integer
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
uCode
ROM
L2 Cache and Control
L2 Cache and Control
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
BTB and I-TLB
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
Decoder
Bus
Bus
Decoder
Integer
BTB and I-TLB
uCode
ROM
Multi-core:
threads can run on separate cores
Integer
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
uCode
ROM
L2 Cache and Control
L2 Cache and Control
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
BTB and I-TLB
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
Decoder
Bus
Bus
Decoder
Integer
BTB and I-TLB
uCode
ROM
Combining Multi-core and SMT
• Cores can be SMT-enabled (or not)
• The different combinations:
– Single-core, non-SMT: standard uniprocessor
– Single-core, with SMT
– Multi-core, non-SMT
– Multi-core, with SMT
• The number of SMT threads:
2, 4, or sometimes 8 simultaneous threads
• Intel calls them “Hyper-Threads” (HT
Technology)
SMT Dual-core: all four threads can
run concurrently
Integer
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
uCode
ROM
L2 Cache and Control
L2 Cache and Control
L1 D-Cache D-TLB
BTB and I-TLB
Floating Point
Schedulers
Uop queues
Rename/Alloc
BTB
Trace Cache
Decoder
Bus
Bus
Decoder
Integer
BTB and I-TLB
uCode
ROM
Comparison: multi-core vs SMT
• Multi-core:
– Since there are several cores,
each is smaller and not as powerful
(but also easier to design and manufacture)
– However, great with thread-level parallelism
• SMT
– Can have one large and fast superscalar core
– Great performance on a single thread
– Mostly still only exploits instruction-level
parallelism
The memory hierarchy for
threading
• If simultaneous multithreading only:
– all caches shared
• Multi-core chips:
– L1 caches private
– L2 caches private in some architectures
and shared in others
• Memory is always shared
Intel Xeon Dual-core
L1 cache
CORE0
• Each core is
hyper-threaded
CORE1
• Dual-core
Intel Xeon processors
hyper-threads
L1 cache
L2 cache
• Private L1 caches
• Shared L2 caches
memory
L2 cache
L2 cache
L1 cache
CORE0
L1 cache
CORE1
L1 cache
CORE0
CORE1
Designs with private L2 caches
L1 cache
L2 cache
L2 cache
L3 cache
L3 cache
memory
memory
Both L1 and L2 are private
Examples: AMD Opteron,
AMD Athlon, Intel Pentium D
A design with L3 caches
Example: Intel Itanium 2
Private vs shared caches
• Advantages of private:
– They are closer to core, so faster access
– Reduces contention
• Advantages of shared:
– Threads on different cores can share the same
cache data
– More cache space available if a single (or a few)
high-performance thread runs on the system
The cache coherence problem
• Since we have private caches:
How to keep the data consistent across caches?
• Each core should perceive the memory as a
monolithic array, shared by all the cores
MESI
cache
Coherence
Protocol
The Core i3 500 series products are dual cores and they do have hyperthreading and support virtualization, but they do not have Turbo Boost.
The Core i5 600 series products are dual cores which have hyper-threading,
Turbo Boost, virtualization, and the AES instruction set.
TDP: Thermal
Design Power
The Turbo Boost Technology
• When using fewer cores, transistors built into
the chip disconnected from the power bus
• When programs need a single thread, then
the connected core is automatically pumped
up with extra voltage and over clock for a
short period of time until the job is done.
• The Turbo Boost decodes when to do what to
maximize performance
The Turbo Boost Technology
• Of course, consistently over clocking a
machine can overheat the chip and render it
useless fairly rapidly
• Intel has ensured that its Mobile Nehalem
parts (codenamed Clarksfield) protect
themselves through self monitoring and
shutting down if temperature limits are
breached. (How about constantly shutting
down the cores !!)
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