Core cannibalization architecture: Improving lifetime chip performance for multicore processors in the presence of hard faults

Journal Article

To improve the lifetime performance of a multicore chip with simple cores, we propose the Core Cannibalization Architecture (CCA). A chip with CCA provisions a fraction of the cores as cannibalizable cores (CCs). In the absence of hard faults, the CCs function just like normal cores. In the presence of hard faults, the CCs can be cannibalized for spare parts at the granularity of pipeline stages. We have designed and laid out CCA chips composed of multiple OpenRISC 1200 cores. Our results show that CCA improves the chips' lifetime performances, compared to chips without CCA. Copyright 2008 ACM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Romanescu, BF; Sorin, DJ

Published Date

  • December 1, 2008

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 43 - 51

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1089-795X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/1454115.1454124

Citation Source

  • Scopus