Problem 3. Register Renaming Mechanisms Register renaming is a performance enhancement technique designed to
reduce stalls due to false (anti and output) data dependencies. Renaming algorithms provide a mechanism that dynamically differentiates between multiple definitions of the same register, by “tagging” them with unique value tags. For both anti (WAR) and output (WAW) dependencies, microarchitectures without renaming must stall the trailing instruction until the leading instruction finishes execution. In an out-of-order execution environment, register renaming also allows the trailing instruction of a RAW hazard to be dispatched to a reservation station, without valid operand data. The rename algorithm used in the SDLX machine utilizes a rename register file. A rename regis¬ter file is a dedicated set of registers in addition to the original architectural registers. The SDLX rename register file is physically separate from the architectural registers. During dispatch the rename register file provides two functions. First, it performs destination renaming by allocating a rename entry and assigning a tag (rename entry number) to each instruction being dispatched. Second, it provides operand data for the dispatch¬ing instructions. The rename register file and the architectural register file are searched simulta¬neously for the most recent copy of the desired data. When no valid data is found in either the rename register file or the architectural register file, the corresponding rename tag (from previous destination-defining instruction) is sent to the reservation station entry in place of the operand data. When an instruction finishes execution the rename destination tag is used to write back the data results to the rename register file and to forward data to the reservation stations. At completion the SDLX completion buffer instructs the rename register file to write its data into the architectural register file. The rename entry is then deallocated and available for use in the following cycle. Part A: Without Rename Register File. The following code sequence illustrates WAW, WAR and RAW data dependencies. Trace the code sequence, on the SDLX machine, without rename registers. (Without renaming, instruction issue must be stalled for all data dependencies) 1: mul r3, r1, r2 2: sw (r4), r3 3: lw r3, (r5) 4: add r2, r3, r6 5: lw r6, r3 6: lw r7, r2 7: mul r7, r7, r6 8: add r6, r3, r4 SDLX trace WITHOUT rename register file:
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