EM2: A Scalable Shared-Memory Multicore Architecture

Unknown author (2010-06-12)

We introduce the Execution Migration Machine (EM2), a novel, scalable shared-memory architecture for large-scale multicores constrained by off-chip memory bandwidth. EM2 reduces cache miss rates, and consequently off-chip memory usage, by permitting only one copy of data to be stored anywhere in the system: when a thread wishes to access an address not locally cached on the core it is executing on, it migrates to the appropriate core and continues execution. Using detailed simulations of a range of 256-core configurations on the SPLASH-2 benchmark suite, we show that EM2 improves application completion times by 18% on the average while remaining competitive with traditional architectures in silicon area.