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Title: CSCE 430/830 Computer Architecture Basic Pipelining


1
CSCE 430/830 Computer Architecture Basic
Pipelining Performance
  • Adopted from
  • Professor David Patterson
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • University of California, Berkeley

2
Outline
  • MIPS An ISA for Pipelining
  • 5 stage pipelining
  • Structural and Data Hazards
  • Forwarding
  • Branch Schemes
  • Exceptions and Interrupts
  • Conclusion

3
A "Typical" RISC ISA
  • 32-bit fixed format instruction (3 formats)
  • 32 32-bit GPR (R0 contains zero, DP take pair)
  • 3-address, reg-reg arithmetic instruction
  • Single address mode for load/store base
    displacement
  • no indirection
  • Simple branch conditions
  • Delayed branch

see SPARC, MIPS, HP PA-Risc, DEC Alpha, IBM
PowerPC, CDC 6600, CDC 7600, Cray-1,
Cray-2, Cray-3
4
Example MIPS ( MIPS)
Register-Register
5
6
10
11
31
26
0
15
16
20
21
25
Op
Rs1
Rs2
Rd
Opx
Register-Immediate
31
26
0
15
16
20
21
25
immediate
Op
Rs1
Rd
Branch
31
26
0
15
16
20
21
25
immediate
Op
Rs1
Rs2/Opx
Jump / Call
31
26
0
25
target
Op
5
Datapath vs Control
Datapath
Controller
Control Points
  • Datapath Storage, FU, interconnect sufficient to
    perform the desired functions
  • Inputs are Control Points
  • Outputs are signals
  • Controller State machine to orchestrate
    operation on the data path
  • Based on desired function and signals

6
Approaching an ISA
  • Instruction Set Architecture
  • Defines set of operations, instruction format,
    hardware supported data types, named storage,
    addressing modes, sequencing
  • Meaning of each instruction is described by RTL
    (Register Transfer Language) on architected
    registers and memory
  • Given technology constraints assemble adequate
    datapath
  • Architected storage mapped to actual storage
  • Function units to do all the required operations
  • Possible additional storage (eg. MAR, MBR, )
  • Interconnect to move information among regs and
    FUs
  • Map each instruction to sequence of RTLs
  • Collate sequences into symbolic controller state
    transition diagram (STD)
  • Lower symbolic STD to control points
  • Implement controller

7
5 Steps of MIPS DatapathFigure A.2, Page A-8
Memory Access
Instruction Fetch
Instr. Decode Reg. Fetch
Execute Addr. Calc
Write Back
Next PC
MUX
Next SEQ PC
Zero?
RS1
Reg File
MUX
RS2
Memory
Data Memory
L M D
RD
MUX
MUX
Sign Extend
IR lt memPC PC lt PC 4
Imm
WB Data
RegIRrd lt RegIRrs1 opIRop RegIRrs2
8
5 Steps of MIPS DatapathFigure A.3, Page A-9
Memory Access
Instruction Fetch
Execute Addr. Calc
Write Back
Instr. Decode Reg. Fetch
Next PC
MUX
Next SEQ PC
Next SEQ PC
Zero?
RS1
Reg File
MUX
Memory
RS2
Data Memory
RD
MUX
MUX
Sign Extend
IR lt memPC PC lt PC 4
WB Data
Imm
RD
RD
RD
A lt RegIRrs1 B lt RegIRrs2
rslt lt A opIRop B
WB lt result
RegIRrd lt WB
9
Inst. Set Processor Controller
IR lt memPC PC lt PC 4
Ifetch
opFetch-DCD
A lt RegIRrs1 B lt RegIRrs2
JSR
JR
ST
RR
r lt A opIRop B
WB lt r
RegIRrd lt WB
10
5 Steps of MIPS DatapathFigure A.3, Page A-9
Memory Access
Instruction Fetch
Execute Addr. Calc
Write Back
Instr. Decode Reg. Fetch
Next PC
MUX
Next SEQ PC
Next SEQ PC
Zero?
RS1
Reg File
MUX
Memory
RS2
Data Memory
MUX
MUX
Sign Extend
WB Data
Imm
RD
RD
RD
  • Data stationary control
  • local decode for each instruction phase /
    pipeline stage

11
Visualizing PipeliningFigure A.2, Page A-8
Time (clock cycles)
I n s t r. O r d e r
12
Instruction-Level Parallelism
  • Review of Pipelining (the laundry analogy)

13
Pipelining is not quite that easy!
  • Limits to pipelining Hazards prevent next
    instruction from executing during its designated
    clock cycle
  • Structural hazards HW cannot support this
    combination of instructions (single person to
    fold and put clothes away)
  • Data hazards Instruction depends on result of
    prior instruction still in the pipeline (missing
    sock)
  • Control hazards Caused by delay between the
    fetching of instructions and decisions about
    changes in control flow (branches and jumps).

14
One Memory Port/Structural HazardsFigure A.4,
Page A-14
Time (clock cycles)
Cycle 1
Cycle 2
Cycle 3
Cycle 4
Cycle 6
Cycle 7
Cycle 5
I n s t r. O r d e r
Load
DMem
Instr 1
Instr 2
Instr 3
Ifetch
Instr 4
15
One Memory Port/Structural Hazards(Similar to
Figure A.5, Page A-15)
Time (clock cycles)
Cycle 1
Cycle 2
Cycle 3
Cycle 4
Cycle 6
Cycle 7
Cycle 5
I n s t r. O r d e r
Load
DMem
Instr 1
Instr 2
Stall
Instr 3
How do you bubble the pipe?
16
Speed Up Equation for Pipelining
For simple RISC pipeline, CPI 1
17
Example Dual-port vs. Single-port
  • Machine A Dual ported memory (Harvard
    Architecture)
  • Machine B Single ported memory, but its
    pipelined implementation has a 1.05 times faster
    clock rate
  • Ideal CPI 1 for both
  • Loads are 40 of instructions executed
  • SpeedUpA Pipeline Depth/(1 0) x
    (clockunpipe/clockpipe)
  • Pipeline Depth
  • SpeedUpB Pipeline Depth/(1 0.4 x 1) x
    (clockunpipe/(clockunpipe / 1.05)
  • (Pipeline Depth/1.4) x
    1.05
  • 0.75 x Pipeline Depth
  • SpeedUpA / SpeedUpB Pipeline Depth/(0.75 x
    Pipeline Depth) 1.33
  • Machine A is 1.33 times faster

18
Data Hazard on R1Figure A.6, Page A-17
Time (clock cycles)
19
Three Generic Data Hazards
  • Read After Write (RAW) InstrJ tries to read
    operand before InstrI writes it
  • Caused by a Dependence (in compiler
    nomenclature). This hazard results from an
    actual need for communication.

I add r1,r2,r3 J sub r4,r1,r3
20
Three Generic Data Hazards
  • Write After Read (WAR) InstrJ writes operand
    before InstrI reads it
  • Called an anti-dependence by compiler
    writers.This results from reuse of the name
    r1.
  • Can it happen in MIPS 5 stage pipeline?
  • All instructions take 5 stages, and
  • Reads are always in stage 2, and
  • Writes are always in stage 5

21
Three Generic Data Hazards
  • Write After Write (WAW) InstrJ writes operand
    before InstrI writes it.
  • Called an output dependence by compiler
    writersThis also results from the reuse of name
    r1.
  • Cant happen in MIPS 5 stage pipeline because
  • All instructions take 5 stages, and
  • Writes are always in stage 5
  • Will see WAR and WAW in more complicated pipes

22
Forwarding to Avoid Data HazardFigure A.7, Page
A-19
Time (clock cycles)
23
HW Change for ForwardingFigure A.23, Page A-37
MEM/WR
ID/EX
EX/MEM
NextPC
mux
Registers
Data Memory
mux
mux
Immediate
What circuit detects and resolves this hazard?
24
Forwarding to Avoid LW-SW Data HazardFigure A.8,
Page A-20
Time (clock cycles)
Any hazard that cannot be avoided with forwarding?
25
Data Hazard Even with ForwardingFigure A.9, Page
A-21
Time (clock cycles)
26
Data Hazard Even with Forwarding(Similar to
Figure A.10, Page A-21)
Time (clock cycles)
I n s t r. O r d e r
lw r1, 0(r2)
How is this detected?
sub r4,r1,r6
and r6,r1,r7
Bubble
ALU
DMem
or r8,r1,r9
27
Software Scheduling to Avoid Load Hazards
Try producing fast code for a b c d e
f assuming a, b, c, d ,e, and f in memory.
Slow code LW Rb,b LW Rc,c ADD
Ra,Rb,Rc SW a,Ra LW Re,e LW
Rf,f SUB Rd,Re,Rf SW d,Rd
  • Fast code
  • LW Rb,b
  • LW Rc,c
  • LW Re,e
  • ADD Ra,Rb,Rc
  • LW Rf,f
  • SW a,Ra
  • SUB Rd,Re,Rf
  • SW d,Rd

Compiler optimizes for performance. Hardware
checks for safety.
28
Outline
  • Review
  • Quantify and summarize performance
  • Ratios, Geometric Mean, Multiplicative Standard
    Deviation
  • FP Benchmarks age, disks fail,1 point fail
    danger
  • MIPS An ISA for Pipelining
  • 5 stage pipelining
  • Structural and Data Hazards
  • Forwarding
  • Branch Schemes
  • Exceptions and Interrupts
  • Conclusion

29
Control Hazard on BranchesThree Stage Stall
What do you do with the 3 instructions in
between? How do you do it? Where is the commit?
30
Branch Stall Impact
  • If CPI 1, 30 branch, Stall 3 cycles gt new
    CPI 1.9!
  • Two part solution
  • Determine branch outcome sooner, AND
  • Compute taken branch (target) address earlier
  • MIPS branch tests if register 0 or ? 0
  • MIPS Solution
  • Move Zero test to ID/RF stage
  • Adder to calculate new PC in ID/RF stage
  • 1 clock cycle penalty for branch versus 3

31
Pipelined MIPS DatapathFigure A.24, page A-38
Memory Access
Instruction Fetch
Execute Addr. Calc
Write Back
Instr. Decode Reg. Fetch
Next SEQ PC
Next PC
MUX
Adder
Zero?
RS1
Reg File
Memory
RS2
Data Memory
MUX
MUX
Sign Extend
WB Data
Imm
RD
RD
RD
  • Interplay of instruction set design and cycle
    time.

32
Four Branch Hazard Alternatives
  • 1 Stall until branch direction is clear
  • 2 Predict Branch Not Taken
  • Execute successor instructions in sequence
  • Squash instructions in pipeline if branch
    actually taken
  • Advantage of late pipeline state update
  • 47 MIPS branches not taken on average
  • PC4 already calculated, so use it to get next
    instruction
  • 3 Predict Branch Taken
  • 53 MIPS branches taken on average
  • But havent calculated branch target address in
    MIPS
  • MIPS still incurs 1 cycle branch penalty
  • Other machines branch target known before outcome

33
Four Branch Hazard Alternatives
  • 4 Delayed Branch
  • Define branch to take place AFTER a following
    instruction
  • branch instruction sequential
    successor1 sequential successor2 ........ seque
    ntial successorn
  • branch target if taken
  • 1 slot delay allows proper decision and branch
    target address in 5 stage pipeline
  • MIPS uses this

Branch delay of length n
34
Scheduling Branch Delay Slots (Fig A.14)
A. From before branch
B. From branch target
C. From fall through
add 1,2,3 if 10 then
add 1,2,3 if 20 then
sub 4,5,6
delay slot
delay slot
add 1,2,3 if 10 then
sub 4,5,6
delay slot
  • A is the best choice, fills delay slot
  • In B, the sub instruction may need to be copied,
    increasing IC
  • In B and C, must be okay to execute sub when
    branch fails

35
Delayed Branch
  • Compiler effectiveness for single branch delay
    slot
  • Fills about 60 of branch delay slots
  • About 80 of instructions executed in branch
    delay slots useful in computation
  • About 50 (60 x 80) of slots usefully filled
  • Delayed Branch downside As processor go to
    deeper pipelines and multiple issue, the branch
    delay grows and need more than one delay slot
  • Delayed branching has lost popularity compared to
    more expensive but more flexible dynamic
    approaches
  • Growth in available transistors has made dynamic
    approaches relatively cheaper

36
Evaluating Branch Alternatives
  • Assume 4 unconditional branch, 6 conditional
    branch- untaken, 10 conditional branch-taken
  • Scheduling Branch CPI speedup v. speedup v.
    scheme penalty unpipelined stall
  • Stall pipeline 3 1.60 3.1 1.0
  • Predict taken 1 1.20 4.2 1.33
  • Predict not taken 1 1.14 4.4 1.40
  • Delayed branch 0.5 1.10 4.5 1.45

37
More branch evaluations
  • Suppose the branch frequencies (as percentage of
    all instructions) of 15 cond. Branches, 1 jumps
    and calls, and 60 cond. Branches are taken.
    Consider a 4-stage pipeline where branch is
    resolved at the end of the 2nd cycle for uncond.
    Branches and at the end of the 3rd cycle for
    cond. Branches. How much faster would the machine
    be without any branch hazards, ignoring other
    pipeline stalls?
  • Pipeline speedupideal Pipeline
    depth/(1Pipeline stalls)

  • 4/(10) 4
  • Pipeline stallsreal (1x1) (2x9)
    (1x6) 0.24
  • Pipeline speedupreal 4/(10.24) 3.23
  • Pipeline speedupwithout control hazards
    4/3.23 1.24

38
More branch question
  • A reduced hardware implementation of the classic
    5-stage RISC pipeline might use the EX stage
    hardware to perform a branch instruction
    comparison and then not actually deliver the
    branch target PC to the IF stage until the clock
    cycle in which the branch reaches the MEM stage.
    Control hazard stalls can be reduced by resolving
    branch instructions in ID, but improving
    performance in one aspect may reduce performance
    in other circumstances.
  • How does determining branch outcome in the ID
    stage have the potential to increase data hazard
    stall cycles?

39
Problems with Pipelining
  • Exception An unusual event happens to an
    instruction during its execution
  • Examples divide by zero, undefined opcode
  • Interrupt Hardware signal to switch the
    processor to a new instruction stream
  • Example a sound card interrupts when it needs
    more audio output samples (an audio click
    happens if it is left waiting)
  • Problem It must appear that the exception or
    interrupt must appear between 2 instructions (Ii
    and Ii1)
  • The effect of all instructions up to and
    including Ii is totally complete
  • No effect of any instruction after Ii can take
    place
  • The interrupt (exception) handler either aborts
    program or restarts at instruction Ii1

40
Precise Exceptions in Static Pipelines
Key observation architected state only change in
memory and register write stages.
41
And In Conclusion Control and Pipelining
  • Quantify and summarize performance
  • Ratios, Geometric Mean, Multiplicative Standard
    Deviation
  • FP Benchmarks age, disks fail,1 point fail
    danger
  • Next time Read Appendix A, record bugs online!
  • Control VIA State Machines and Microprogramming
  • Just overlap tasks easy if tasks are independent
  • Speed Up ? Pipeline Depth if ideal CPI is 1,
    then
  • Hazards limit performance on computers
  • Structural need more HW resources
  • Data (RAW,WAR,WAW) need forwarding, compiler
    scheduling
  • Control delayed branch, prediction
  • Exceptions, Interrupts add complexity
  • Next time Read Appendix C, record bugs online!
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