Professor Glenn Reinman won the Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture MICRO Test of Time Award for his seminal paper “Fetch Directed Instruction Prefetching.” The Test of Time Award is the highest honor an academic paper receives for its impact and is given to a MICRO paper whose influence is still felt 18-22 years after its initial publication. More on MICRO ToT can be found here:
The award selection committee has the following citation of the seminal paper:
“This paper introduced the idea of Fetch Directed Instruction Prefetching, an instruction prefetching technique in which the branch predictor and branch target buffer are allowed to run ahead of the main thread of execution providing addresses to prefetch instructions along the predicted path. Building on the idea of the Fetch Target Queue introduced previously by the same authors, this paper demonstrates a simple but very effective instruction prefetching technique that has had a significant and long-lasting impact on microprocessor design as well as academic research into instruction prefetching. Given today’s ever-expanding instruction working set sizes, we expect this seminal work to become even more important as research into instruction prefetching continues.”