A novel meta predictor design for hybrid branch prediction

Young Jung Ahn, Dae Yon Hwang, Yong Suk Lee, Jin Young Choi, Gyungho Lee

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Recent systems have been paved the way for being high-performance due to the super-pipelining, dynamic scheduling and superscalar processor technologies. The performance of the system is greatly affected by the accuracy of the branch prediction because the overhead of each misprediction has grown due to greater number of instructions per cycle and the deepened pipeline. Hybrid branch prediction is usually used to increase the prediction accuracy on such high-performance systems. Normally hybrid branch prediction uses several branch predictors. A meta-predictor selects which branch predictor should be used corresponding to the program context of the branch instruction instance for the branch prediction. In this paper, we discuss about the saturating counter within meta predictor. The design of the saturating counter which selects a predictor that has high-prediction ratio has brought out the high accuracy of the prediction for the branch predictor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
JournalWSEAS Transactions on Computers
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb


  • Branch prediction
  • Hybrid branch predictor
  • Meta predictor
  • Prediction accuracy
  • Saturating counter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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