Predictive temperature-aware DVFS

Jong Sung Lee, Kevin Skadron, Sung Woo Chung

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In this paper, we propose predictive temperature-aware Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) using the performance counters that are already embedded in commercial microprocessors. By using the performance counters and simple regression analysis, we can predict the localized temperature and efficiently scale the voltage/frequency. When localized thermal problems that were not detected by thermal sensors are found after layout (or fabrication), the thermal problems can be avoided by the proposed software solution without delaying time-to-market. The evaluation results show that in a Linux-based laptop with the Intel Core2 Duo processor, DVFS using the performance counters performs comparable to DVFS using the thermal sensor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5255230
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • DVFS
  • Dynamic thermal management
  • Microprocessor
  • Performance counter
  • Thermal sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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