Toward dark silicon in servers

Nikos Hardavellas*, Michael Ferdman, Babak Falsafi, Anastasia Ailamaki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Server chips will not scale beyond a few tens to low hundreds of cores, and an increasing fraction of the chip in future technologies will be dark silicon that we cannot afford to power. Specialized multicore processors, however, can leverage the underutilized die area to overcome the initial power barrier, delivering significantly higher performance for the same bandwidth and power envelopes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5967003
Pages (from-to)6-15
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Micro
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Dark silicon
  • energy
  • multicore
  • power
  • scalability
  • specialized computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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