Control-theoretic dynamic voltage scaling for embedded controllers

Xia, Feng, Tian, Yu-Chu, Sun, Youxian, & Dong, Jinxiang (2008) Control-theoretic dynamic voltage scaling for embedded controllers. IET Computers and Digital Techniques, 2(5), pp. 377-385.

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For microprocessors used in real-time embedded systems, minimizing power consumption is difficult due to the timing constraints. Dynamic voltage scaling (DVS) has been incorporated into modern microprocessors as a promising technique for exploring the trade-off between energy consumption and system performance. However, it remains a challenge to realize the potential of DVS in unpredictable environments where the system workload cannot be accurately known. Addressing system-level power-aware design for DVS-enabled embedded controllers, this paper establishes an analytical model for the DVS system that encompasses multiple real-time control tasks. From this model, a feedback control based approach to power management is developed to reduce dynamic power consumption while achieving good application performance. With this approach, the unpredictability and variability of task execution times can be attacked. Thanks to the use of feedback control theory, predictable performance of the DVS system is achieved, which is favourable to real-time applications. Extensive simulations are conducted to evaluate the performance of the proposed approach.

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ID Code: 17520
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Dynamic voltage scaling, Embedded systems, Feedback scheduling, Power management
DOI: 10.1049/iet-cdt:20070112
ISSN: 1751-8601
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Operating Systems (080307)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Institution of Engineering and Technology
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2009 21:49
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:40

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