A Survey of System Level Power Management Schemes in the Dark-Silicon Era for Many-Core Architectures

Emmanuel Ofori-Attah, Xiaohang Wang, Michael Opoku Agyeman

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Power consumption in Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology has escalated to a point that only a fractional part of many-core chips can be powered-on at a time. Fortunately, this fraction can be increased at the expense of performance through the dark-silicon solution. However, with many-core integration set to be heading towards its thousands, power consumption and temperature increases per time, meaning the number of active nodes must be reduced drastically. Therefore, optimized techniques are demanded for continuous advancement in technology. Existing efforts try to overcome this challenge by activating nodes from different parts of the chip at the expense of communication latency. Other efforts on the other hand employ run-time power management techniques to manage the power performance of the cores trading-off performance for power. We found out that, for a significant amount of power to saved and high temperature to be avoided, focus should be on reducing the power consumption of all the on-chip components. Especially, the memory hierarchy and the interconnect. Power consumption can be minimized by, reducing the size of high leakage power dissipating elements, turning-off idle resources and integrating power saving materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalEAI Endorsed Transactions on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2018


  • Dark-silicon
  • many-core
  • multi-core
  • NoC
  • low power NoC architectures
  • power budgeting


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