Thermal sensor allocation and placement for reconfigurable systems

Rajarshi Mukherjee*, Somsubhra Mondal, Seda Ogrenci Memik

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

32 Scopus citations


Temperature monitoring using thermal sensors is an essential tool for evaluating the thermal behavior and sustaining the reliable operation in high-performance and high-power systems. With current technology scaling and integration trends timely and accurate detection of localized heating will be evermore important. In this work, we address the creation of a resource efficient sensor infrastructure for computing systems that are of regular nature, such as logic array-based computing platforms. We propose algorithms to embed thermal sensors into a regular structure to minimize the number of sensors and determine sensor locations required to maintain a given accuracy in temperature sensing for a given design. Our algorithms are tailored for minimal usage of thermal sensors to suit a variety of architectural conditions. For programmable logic arrays the highly application-specific usage of the hardware resources leads to unpredictable thermal profiles. As a result, post-manufacture instantiation of thermal sensors is desired, which in turn demands the use of native hardware resources, which can be scarce. We demonstrate that using our techniques the number of sensors required to monitor a set of hotspots is reduced by 75% on an average, across different sizes of logic arrays for different hotspot distributions compared to a uniform distribution of sensors throughout the fabrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event2006 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2006Nov 9 2006

Publication series

NameIEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers, ICCAD
ISSN (Print)1092-3152


Other2006 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Allocation
  • Placement
  • Sensor
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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