Seminars & Colloquia

Nigel Paver


"Modeling and analyzing high performance system on a chip architectures "

Thursday April 23, 2009 10:30 AM
Location: 3211, EB2 NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the System Research Seminar series


Abstract: New Smartphone and mobile computing platforms are pushing dramatic increases in compute performance and increased levels of integration in modern system on a chip systems. With new complex workloads such as the web browser it is becoming increasing difficult to understand and predict system performance. Traditional embedded benchmark suites and simulation platforms are no longer representative of real usage cases so new approaches are being developed.

In this talk we will review system simulation and analysis techniques used to understand the system performance of realistic ARM based systems and real application workloads running under the control of an operating system. We review some of the critical system sensitivities and how new ISA and micro-architecture features are improving system performance.

Short Bio: Nigel Paver is a Consultant Engineering in the ARM corporate R&D group. His research interests are in system architecture, system performance and multi-media. Prior to joining ARM, he was an architect in the wireless group at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for the architecture of Wireless MMX and system architecture and analysis of the PXA 270 family of processors. Before this Paver was one of the lead designers of the early AMULET asynchronous ARM microprocessors at the University of Manchester in England. Paver has over 15 years of experience in ARM architectures Paver received his B.S. in electronics from the University of Manchester (U.K.) Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Manchester. Paver holds 16 US patents.

Host: Frank Mueller, Computer Science

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