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Uncertainty-Aware Dynamic Power Management in Partially Observable Domains

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2 Author(s)
Hwisung Jung ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA ; Massoud Pedram

This paper tackles the problem of dynamic power management (DPM) in nanoscale CMOS design technologies that are typically affected by increasing levels of process and temperature variations and fluctuations due to the randomness in the behavior of silicon structure. This uncertainty undermines the accuracy and effectiveness of traditional DPM approaches. This paper presents a stochastic framework to improve the accuracy of decision making during dynamic power management, while considering manufacturing process and/or environment induced uncertainties. More precisely, variability and uncertainty at the system level are captured by a partially observable semi-Markov decision process with interval-based definition of states while the policy optimization problem is formulated as a mathematical program based on this model. Experimental results with a RISC processor in 65-nm technology demonstrate the effectiveness of the technique and show that the proposed uncertainty-aware power management technique ensures system-wide energy savings under statistical circuit parameter variations.

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IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 7 )