Kristoffer Robin Stokke successfully defended his PhD

On Monday 6th of Febrary, Kristoffer Robin Stokke defended his PhD thesis “High-Precision Power Modelling and Optimisation of the Tegra K1 Heterogeneous Multicore Architecture”. The defense took place at 13:15, Simula, Storstua.

In this thesis, we develop an improved power modelling methodology for the Tegra K1 System-on-Chip, a mobile multiprocessor. Our model predicts the power usage of the Tegra K1 with an accuracy close to 100 %, and exposes detailed insight into how different mobile applications consume energy across the many heterogeneous processor cores and memories of the Tegra K1. This is a substantial improvement over existing methods. Due to our model’s high level of detail, it provides valuable insight into how the design choices of system architects and developers impact the energy consumption of the chip at a fine-grained level. This enables software engineers to code more energy-efficient applications and manage chip temperature. For example, by reducing the lock frequency of the different processor cores and memory, we have achieved up to 30 % reduced energy consumption compared to the standard frequency scaling algorithms. This corresponds to the same increase in battery lifetime. Furthermore, we demonstrate an additional 35 % improvement by utilizing the appropriate processor cores for specific applications, as well as additional energy savings of 3.2 % and 50 % when lowering precision, utilizing special, non-coherent caches and special multimedia processing instructions.

The thesis is written within the field of Informatics. The work has been conducted at Simula Research Laboratory and with the University of Oslo, Institute of Informatics.

Prior to the defense, at 10:15, Kristoffer Robin Stokke presented his trial lecture “Multi-Core Architectures for the Internet of Things”.

The adjudication committee

  • Associate Professor Mainak Chatterjee, University of Central Florida, United States of America.
  • Assistant Professor Cheng-Hsin Hsu, National Tsing Hua University. Taiwan
  • Professor Yan Zhang, University of Oslo, Department of Informatics.

Chair of the disputation

  • Professor Fritz Albregsten, University of Oslo, Institute of Informatics.

Supervisors

  • Professor Pål Halvorsen, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
  • Professor Carsten Griwodz, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
  • Associate Professor Håkon Kvale Stensland, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
  • Professor Tor Sverre Lande, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo

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Announcement of the PhD defense at the University of Oslo's web pages.