Energy Consumption Analysis of Programs based on XMOS ISA-Level Models

Steven Kerrison, Umer Liqat, Kyriakos Georgiou, Alejandro Serrano Mena, Neville Grech, Pedro Lopez-Garcia, Kerstin Eder, Manuel V. Hermenegildo, Energy Consumption Analysis of Programs based on XMOS ISA-Level Models. Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Logic-Based Program Synthesis and Transformation. ISSN TBC, pp. TBC–TBC. September 2013. No electronic version available.


Energy consumption analysis of embedded programs necessitates the analysis of low-level program representations. This is challenging because the gap between the high-level program structure and the low-level energy models needs to be bridged. Here, we describe techniques for recreating the structure of low-level programs and transform these into Horn clauses in order to make use of the CiaoPP resource analysis framework. Our analysis framework, which makes use of an energy model we produce for the underlying hardware, characterizes the energy consumption of the program, and returns energy formulae parametrised by the size of the input data. We have performed an initial experimental assessment and obtained encouraging results when comparing the statically inferred formulae to direct energy measurements from the hardware running a set of benchmarks. Static energy estimation has applications in program optimization and enables more energy-aware software development.

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