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PipeCheck: Specifying and Verifying Microarchitectural Enforcement of Memory Consistency Models
Proceedings of 47th International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO’14). December, 2014. Best Paper Finalist.
Daniel Lustig, Michael Pellauer*, Margaret Martonosi
* Intel Corporation
We present PipeCheck, a methodology and automated tool for verifying that a particular microarchitecture correctly implements the consistency model required by its architectural specification. PipeCheck adapts the notion of a "happens before" graph from architecture-level analysis techniques to the microarchitecture space. Each node in the "microarchitecturally happens before" (µhb) graph represents not only a memory instruction, but also a particular location (e.g., pipeline stage) within the microarchitecture. Architectural specifications such as "preserved program order" are then treated as propositions to be verified, rather than simply as assumptions.
PipeCheck allows an architect to easily and rigorously test whether a microarchitecture is stronger than, equal in strength to, or weaker than its architecturally-specified consistency model. We also specify and analyze the behavior of common microarchitectural optimizations such as speculative load reordering which technically violate formal architecture-level definitions. We evaluate PipeCheck using a library of established litmus tests on a set of open-source pipelines. Using PipeCheck, we were able to validate the largest pipeline, the OpenSPARC T2, in just minutes. We also identified a bug in the O3 pipeline of the gem5 simulator.
FULL PAPER: pdf