AuthorsK. R. Stokke, H. K. Stensland, C. Griwodz and P. Halvorsen
TitleA High-Precision, Hybrid GPU, CPU and RAM Power Model for Generic Multimedia Workloads
AfilliationCommunication Systems
Project(s)No Simula project
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2016
Conference Name7th annual ACM conference on Multimedia Systems (MMSys)
Date Published05/2016
ISBN Number978-1-4503-4297-1

Energy efficiency of multimedia processing is a hot topic in modern, mobile computing where the lifetime of battery- powered devices is low. Authors often use power models as tools to evaluate the energy-efficiency of multimedia work- loads and processing schemes. A challenge with these mod- els is that they are built without sufficiently deep hardware knowledge and as a result they have the potential to mis- predict substantially depending on hardware configuration. Typical rate-based power models can for example mispredict up to 70 % on the Tegra K1 SoC. Inspired by multimedia workloads, we introduce a modelling methodology which can be used to build a generic, high-precision power model for the Tegra K1’s GPU and memory. By considering hardware utilisation, rail voltages, leakage currents and clocks, the model achieves an average accuracy above 99 % over all op- erating frequencies, and has been rigorously tested on several multimedia workloads. Our method exposes detailed insight into hardware and how it consumes energy. This knowledge is not only useful for researchers to understand how power models should be built, but also helps to understand what developers can do to minimise power usage. For example, experiments show that for a DCT benchmark, 3 % power can be saved by utilising non-coherent caches and smaller datatypes.

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