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The Dark Side of Silicon

Energy Efficient Computing in the Dark Silicon Era

  • Amir M. Rahmani
  • Pasi Liljeberg
  • Ahmed Hemani
  • Axel Jantsch
  • Hannu Tenhunen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Architecture and Implementation Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anil Kanduri, Amir M. Rahmani, Pasi Liljeberg, Ahmed Hemani, Axel Jantsch, Hannu Tenhunen
      Pages 3-20
    3. Liang Wang, Kevin Skadron
      Pages 21-45
    4. Ahmed Hemani, Nasim Farahini, Syed M. A. H. Jafri, Hassan Sohofi, Shuo Li, Kolin Paul
      Pages 47-94
    5. Siddharth Garg, Yatish Turakhia, Diana Marculescu
      Pages 95-122
  3. Run-Time Resource Management: Computational Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Santiago Pagani, Heba Khdr, Jian-Jia Chen, Muhammad Shafique, Minming Li, Jörg Henkel
      Pages 125-158
    3. Tulika Mitra, Thannirmalai Somu Muthukaruppan, Anuj Pathania, Mihai Pricopi, Vanchinathan Venkataramani, Sanjay Vishin
      Pages 159-189
    4. Amir M. Rahmani, Mohammad-Hashem Haghbayan, Pasi Liljeberg, Axel Jantsch, Hannu Tenhunen
      Pages 191-216
    5. Anil Kanduri, Mohammad-Hashem Haghbayan, Amir M. Rahmani, Pasi Liljeberg, Axel Jantsch, Hannu Tenhunen
      Pages 237-258
    6. Mohammad-Hashem Haghbayan, Amir M. Rahmani, Antonio Miele, Pasi Liljeberg, Hannu Tenhunen
      Pages 259-287
  4. Design and Management: Communication Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Haseeb Bokhari, Muhammad Shafique, Jörg Henkel, Sri Parameswaran
      Pages 291-325
    3. Jia Zhan, Yuan Xie
      Pages 327-347

About this book


This book presents the state-of-the art of one of the main concerns with microprocessors today, a phenomenon known as "dark silicon".  Readers will learn how power constraints (both leakage and dynamic power) limit the extent to which large portions of a chip can be powered up at a given time, i.e. how much actual performance and functionality the microprocessor can provide.  The authors describe their research toward the future of microprocessor development in the dark silicon era, covering a variety of important aspects of dark silicon-aware architectures including design, management, reliability, and test.  Readers will benefit from specific recommendations for mitigating the dark silicon phenomenon, including energy-efficient, dedicated solutions and technologies to maximize the utilization and reliability of microprocessors.
  • Enables readers to understand the dark silicon phenomenon and why it has emerged, including detailed analysis of its impacts;
  • Presents state-of-the-art research, as well as tools for mitigating the dark silicon phenomenon;
  • Includes coverage of various aspects of dark silicon awareness in design, management, reliability, and tests.


Dark Silicon Dark Silicon Aware Resource Management Energy-Efficient Networks-on-Chip Near-Threshold Computing Testing and Reliability in Dark Silicon

Editors and affiliations

  • Amir M. Rahmani
    • 1
  • Pasi Liljeberg
    • 2
  • Ahmed Hemani
    • 3
  • Axel Jantsch
    • 4
  • Hannu Tenhunen
    • 5
  1. 1.University of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.University of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Department of Electronic systems, School of ICT, KTHRoyal Institute of TechnologyKistaSweden
  4. 4.Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  5. 5.KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

About the editors

Prof. Dr.h.c Prof.h.c. Hannu Tenhunen is chair professor of Electronic Systems at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Prof. Tenhunen has held professor position as full professor, invited professor or visiting honorary professor in Finland (TUT, UTU), Sweden (KTH), USA (Cornel U), France (INPG), China (Fudan and Beijing Jiatong Universities), and Hong Kong (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and has an honorary doctorate from Tallinn Technical University.

He has been director of multiple national large scale research programs or being an initiator and director of national or European graduate schools. He has actively contributed on VLSI and SoC design in Finland and Sweden via creating new educational programs and research directions, most lately at European level as being the EU-level Education Director of the new European flagship initiative European Institute of Technology and Innovations (EIT), and its Knowledge and Innovation Community EIT ICT Labs. Prof. Tenhunen has been active in promoting the innovation system and innovation support mechanism in research and education both at national and European level.

Prof. Tenhunen has been a board member in science parks, start-up companies, and has served as advisor or expert for high technology companies and venture capitalists, as well as evaluator for EU and national programs and research institutes. He has supervised over 70 M.Sc. thesis, 39 doctoral thesis, and 8 post-doc. From his doctoral students and post-docs, as of today, 21 are currently professors and associate professors.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Dark Side of Silicon
  • Book Subtitle Energy Efficient Computing in the Dark Silicon Era
  • Editors Amir M. Rahmani
    Pasi Liljeberg
    Ahmed Hemani
    Axel Jantsch
    Hannu Tenhunen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-31594-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81074-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31596-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 347
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 116 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Circuits and Systems
    Processor Architectures
    Electronic Circuits and Devices
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