The Vortex Project
The Vortex project at the University of Maryland is investigating novel
architecture and compiler support to bridge the processor-memory gap and
generally improve single-thread performance on modern processors. Recent
areas of research include compiler-based pre-execution, hardware mechanisms
for sub-ordinate multithreading, and continuous dynamic compilation and optimization
on multithreaded processors. A major theme connecting these research directions
is using spare computation resources that are increasingly abundant in wide-issue
and multithreaded processors to implement memory and code performance optimizations.
Finally, we are also interested in the impact of these architecture and
compiler innovations on emerging non-numeric applications such as databases,
search engines, and stream-based computing, as well as applications written
in platform-independent environments such as Java.
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