Chiplet Architecture: Scalable and Cost-Efficient Systems for Irregular Applications (Princeton)


A new technical paper titled “DCRA: A Distributed Chiplet-based Reconfigurable Architecture for Irregular Applications” was published by researchers at Princeton University.


“In recent years, the growing demand to process large graphs and sparse datasets has led to increased research efforts to develop hardware- and software-based architectural solutions to accelerate them. While some of these approaches achieve scalable parallelization with up to thousands of cores, adaptation of these proposals by the industry remained slow. To help solve this dissonance, we identified a set of questions and considerations that current research has not considered deeply. Starting from a tile-based architecture, we put forward a Distributed Chiplet-based Reconfigurable Architecture (DCRA) for irregular applications that carefully consider fabrication constraints that made prior work either hard or costly to implement or too rigid to be applied. We identify and study pre-silicon, package-time and compile-time configurations that help optimize DCRA for different deployments and target metrics. To enable that, we propose a practical path for manufacturing chip packages by composing variable numbers of DCRA and memory dies, with a software-configurable Torus network to connect them. We evaluate six applications and four datasets, with several configurations and memory technologies, to provide a detailed analysis of the performance, power, and cost of DCRA as a compute node for scale-out sparse data processing. Finally, we present our findings and discuss how DCRA, together with our framework for design exploration, can help guide architects to build scalable and cost-efficient systems for irregular applications.”

Find the technical paper here. Published November 2023.

Orenes-Vera, Marcelo, Esin Tureci, Margaret Martonosi, and David Wentzlaff. “DCRA: A Distributed Chiplet-based Reconfigurable Architecture for Irregular Applications.” arXiv preprint arXiv:2311.15443 (2023).

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