Call for Papers
Many analysts suggest that increasing power density and
resulting difficulties in managing on-chip temperatures are some of
the most urgent obstacles to continued scaling of VLSI systems within
the next five to ten years. Just as has been done before for
power-aware computing, "temperature-aware" computing must be
approached not just from the packaging and circuit-design
communities, but also from the processor- and systems- architecture
communities. Many techniques for managing operating temperature will
use power-management techniques, but possibly in different ways than
for energy efficiency. There is growing interest in cooling solutions
from the processor- and systems-architecture domains, as evidenced by
recent work on fetch throttling, dynamic voltage scaling, and process
scheduling in response to thermal stress; and some progress has been
made on modeling infrastructure for this kind of research. But
research so far has only scratched the surface of what is possible.
This topic area presents a wide-open field for new research, with
lots of "low-hanging fruit", and interesting opportunities for
wide-ranging inter-disciplinary work.
This workshop will serve as a forum to explore a broad
spectrum of topics pertaining to temperature-aware computer
systems, for researchers from multiple fields to exchange ideas and initiate
collaborations, and to continue establishing temperature-aware
computing as an important research topic in its own right.
Contributions from all aspects of temperature-aware design are
encouraged, related topics like reliability, leakage,
thermal sensors, etc. We especially seek to stimulate collaboration between architects and thermal engineers! In fact, the goal of this workshop is to stimulate the widest possible collaboration among architects and other engineers on topics related to temperature-aware design.
For this year's program, we are
pleased to present five papers spanning a range of topics in
temperature-aware architecture. We will also have a panel
discussion to explore important research topics, and a keynote by
Chandrakant D. Patel, Distinguished Technologist at HP Labs, on the
topic of "Smart Chip, System
and Data Center: Dynamic Provisioning of Power and Cooling from
Chip Core to the Cooling Tower."
This is the second year of the TACS workshop.