Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Venkatesan Muthukumar

Number of Pages



Superscalar architectural techniques increase instruction throughput from one instruction per cycle to more than one instruction per cycle. Modern processors make use of several processing resources to achieve this kind of throughput. Control units perform various functions to minimize stalls and to ensure a continuous feed of instructions to execution units. It is vital to ensure that instructions ready for execution do not encounter a bottleneck in the execution stage; This thesis work proposes a dynamic scheme to increase efficiency of execution stage by a methodology called block slicing. Implementing this concept in a wide, superscalar pipelined architecture introduces minimal additional hardware and delay in the pipeline. The hardware required for the implementation of the proposed scheme is designed and assessed in terms of cost and delay. Performance measures of speed-up, throughput and efficiency have been evaluated for the resulting pipeline and analyzed.


Architecture; Maximizing; Resource; Slicing; Superscalar; Utilization

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering; Computer science

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1.56 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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