[Beowulf] Tilera to Introduce 64-Core Processor

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Thu Oct 18 10:05:55 PDT 2007

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From: "Peter St. John" <peter.st.john at gmail.com> 

DLP? Wiki has entries for Indtruction Level Parallelism and Thread LP (alsom Memory LP) but 
not DLP?

Hey Peter,

That would be "data level parallelism".  So, ILP is very low level parallelism which
works on somewhat locally scoped instructions that are independent in a super-scalar, 
fanned-out parallel way on a "wide" processor.  TLP refers to a slightly higher level of parallelism
that is instruction dominated/oriented and is associated with independent program blocks
or loop interations (can be within or between programs or subroutines), and DLP refers
to data dominant parallelism usually associated with looping structures that could vectorize
or, in other words, allow a compiler to stimulate, with a small number of instructions, a large pipeline (and/or parallel stream [think GPUs here]) of independent data operations in the
CPU for which the total instruction latency is trivially small in theory (i.e. when you have a
vector instruction set).

In one sense, the low level parallelism (and structural hazard performance limitations) of any program can be defined by a sort of aspect ratio that is ILP x DLP x TLP and every code/kernel has its own dimensionality and volume. 

A major question for performance and processor design is also, which kind of latency dominates
--instruction latency or data latency--in limiting a code's performance to something less
than register-to-register optimal.  Generally, in  HPC data latency is dominant and the Enterprise world is instruction latency dominates.

But now I am probably rambling, and telling you something that you already know.




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