Issues in Instruction Scheduling

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Instruction scheduling is a code reordering transformation that attempts to hide latencies present in modern day microprocessors. Current applications of these microprocessors and the microprocessors themselves present new parameters under which the scheduler must operate. For example, some multiple functional unit processors have partitioned register sets. In some applications, increasing the static size of a program may not be an acceptable tradeoff for gaining improved running time. The interaction between the scheduler and the register allocator can also dramatically affect the performance of the compiled code. In this work we will look at global scheduling techniques that do not replicate code, including scheduling overextended basic blocks. We also look at a replacement to the traditional list scheduler based on the techniques of iterative repair. Finally, we explore the interaction between instruction scheduling and register allocation, and look at ways of combining the two problems.

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Schielke, Philip. "Issues in Instruction Scheduling." (1998)

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