Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Multimedia Extensions for General Purpose Microprocessors: a Survey

Nathan Slingerland and Alan Jay Smith

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-00-1124
December 2000

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2000/CSD-00-1124.pdf

The last decade has seen the integration of audio, video, and 3D graphics into traditional workloads as well as the emergence of new workloads dominated by the processing of data representing such information. Initially, these emerging workloads were supported by dedicated, application specific integrated circuits and digital signal processors. In order to avoid the added cost and complexity of these dedicated hardware solutions, microprocessor vendors have extended their architectures with instructions targeting multimedia applications. Despite general agreement on the direction of evolving workloads, there is little agreement on the nature of the architectural changes that should be made to support them. The focus of this work is to survey existing multimedia instruction sets and examine how their functionality maps to a set of computationally important kernels extracted from the previously developed Berkeley multimedia workload.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Slingerland:CSD-00-1124,
    Author = {Slingerland, Nathan and Smith, Alan Jay},
    Title = {Multimedia Extensions for General Purpose Microprocessors: a Survey},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2000},
    Month = {Dec},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2000/5323.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-00-1124},
    Abstract = {The last decade has seen the integration of audio, video, and 3D graphics into traditional workloads as well as the emergence of new workloads dominated by the processing of data representing such information. Initially, these emerging workloads were supported by dedicated, application specific integrated circuits and digital signal processors. In order to avoid the added cost and complexity of these dedicated hardware solutions, microprocessor vendors have extended their architectures with instructions targeting multimedia applications. Despite general agreement on the direction of evolving workloads, there is little agreement on the nature of the architectural changes that should be made to support them. The focus of this work is to survey existing multimedia instruction sets and examine how their functionality maps to a set of computationally important kernels extracted from the previously developed Berkeley multimedia workload.}
}

EndNote citation:

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