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Precious: Resource-Demand Estimation for Embedded Neural Network Accelerators

Publication by Stefan Reif, Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat
Related to the Energy-, Latency- And Resilience-aware Networking (e.LARN) project
Published in 2020 IEEE 23rd International Symposium on Real-Time Distributed Computing (ISORC), 2020


The Internet of Things (IoT) requires that all components operate on “fresh” data. However, ensuring a low Age of Information (AoI) is challenging, in particular when communicating across the Internet. Achieving a low AoI requires cooperation of networking strategies as well as node-local strategies so that the entire system performs the right operation at the right moment in time. However, most modern operating systems are not designed to provide accurate timing—various low-level overheads cause delays and jitter that affect communication significantly.This paper presents CLOCKFIX, a run-time system for the Linux user-space that executes jobs accurately and precisely at their intended execution times. The evaluation shows that CLOCKFIX reduces undesired delays by more than 95%, and it improves the AoI in a real-world network protocol by over 16%.