# Lecture 4: CPU Performance

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Lecture 4: CPU Performance

A Modern Processor Intel Core i7

Processor Performance
Lower bounds that characterize the maximum performance: Latency Bound Occurs when operations must be performed in strict sequence (e.g. data dependency) Minimum time to perform the operations sequentially Throughput Bound Characterizes the raw computing capacity of the processor’s functional units. Maximum operations per cycle

Pipelining s1 s2 s3 Without pipeline With pipeline stages stages s3 s3
time time Without pipeline With pipeline

Pipelining Without pipeline With pipeline T1 = s . t . n
stages stages s3 s3 s2 s2 s1 s1 time time Without pipeline With pipeline T1 = s . t . n Tp = s . t + (n-1).t Speedup = T1 / Tp = s.n = s s+(n-1) s/n +(1-1/n) Speedup = s n s – stages n – tasks t – time per stage Throughput = n Tp

Pipelining Slowest stage determines the pipeline performance s1 s2 s3
s1 s2 s3 stages stages s3 s3 s2 s2 s1 s1 time time Without pipeline With pipeline Slowest stage determines the pipeline performance

Computational Pipelines
Combinatorial logic Reg clock R R R Comb.log. A Comb.log. B Comb.log. C clock

Limitations of Pipelining
Nonuniform partitioning Stage delays may be nonuniform Throughput is limited by the slowest stage Deep pipelining Large number of stages Modern processors have deep pipelines (15 or more) to increase the clock rate. 50ps ps ps ps ps ps Comb.log. A R B C clock 50ps ps ps ps ps ps R R R Comb.log. A Comb.log. B Comb.log. C clock

a4,b4 a3,b3 a2,b2 a1,b1

c4,d4 c3,d3 c2,d2 c1,d1 a4,b4 a3,b3 a2,b2 a1+b1

e4,f4 e3,f3 e2,f2 e1,f1 c2,d2 c1+d1 c4,d4 c3,d3 a3,b3 a2+b2 a1+b1 a4,b4

g4,h4 g3,h3 g2,h2 g1,h1 e4,f4 e3,f3 e2,f2 e1+f1 c4,d4 c3,d3 c2+d2 c1+d1 a3+b3 a4,b4 a2+b2 a1+b1

g3,h3 g2,h2 g1+h1 g4,h4 e4,f4 e3,f3 e2+f2 e1+f1 c4,d4 c3+d3 c2+d2 c1+d1 a4+b4 a3+b3 a2+b2 a1+b1

Instruction Execution Pipeline
Instruction Fetch Cycle (IF) Fetch current instruction from memory Increment PC Instruction decode / register fetch cycle (ID) Decode instruction Compute possible branch target Read registers from the register file Execution / effective address cycle (EX) Form the effective address ALU performs the operation specified by the opcode Memory access (MEM) Memory read for load instruction Memory write for store instruction Write-back cycle (WB) Write result into register file IF ID EX MEM WB

Instruction Execution Pipeline
IF ID EX MEM WB stages WB MEM EX ID IF time

Pipeline Hazards Structural hazards Data Hazards Control Hazards

Pipeline Hazards Structural Hazards
Arise from resource conflicts when the hardware cannot support all possible combinations of instructions simultaneously in overlapped execution. stages stall (bubble) WB MEM EX ID IF time IF ID EX MEM WB Mem Reg ALU Mem Reg

Pipeline Hazards Data Hazards
Arise when an instruction depends on the results of a previous instruction in a way that is exposed by the overlapping of instructions. ADD R1, R2, R3 SUB R4, R1, R5 AND R6, R1, R7 OR R8, R1, R9 XOR R10, R1, R11 stages WB MEM EX ID IF time IF ID EX MEM WB Mem Reg ALU Mem Reg

Pipeline Hazards Data Hazards Forwarding (by-passing) IF ID EX MEM WB
Mem Reg ALU Mem Reg IF ID EX MEM WB Mem Reg ALU Mem Reg IF ID EX MEM WB Mem Reg ALU Mem Reg IF ID EX MEM WB Mem Reg ALU Mem Reg

Control (Branch) Hazards
Pipeline Hazards Control (Branch) Hazards Arise from pipelining of instructions (e.g. branch) that change PC. LOOP: LOAD 100,X ADD 200,X STORE 300,X DECX BNE LOOP ... for i=n to 1 ci = ai + bi stages WB MEM EX ID IF time

Control (Branch) Hazards
Pipeline Hazards Control (Branch) Hazards Freeze (flush) BRA L1 ... L1: NEXT NEXT stages WB MEM EX ID IF time

Control (Branch) Hazards
Pipeline Hazards Control (Branch) Hazards Predicted-not-taken BNE L1 NEXT ... L1: NEXT stages WB MEM EX ID IF time Not taken Taken

Control (Branch) Hazards
Pipeline Hazards Control (Branch) Hazards Predicted-taken BNE L1 NEXT ... L1: NEXT stages WB MEM EX ID IF time Not taken Taken

Control (Branch) Hazards
Pipeline Hazards Control (Branch) Hazards Delayed branch ADD R1,R2,R3 if (R2=0) branch L1 delay slot NEXT ... L1: NEXT if (R2=0) branch L1 ADD R1,R2,R3 NEXT ... L1: NEXT branch instruction sequential successor Branch target if taken stages WB MEM EX ID IF time Not taken Taken

Levels of Parallelism Bit level parallelism
Within arithmetic logic circuits Instruction level parallelism Multiple instructions execute per clock cycle Memory system parallelism Overlap of memory operations with computation Operating system parallelism More than one processor Multiple jobs run in parallel on SMP Loop level Procedure level