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Adaptive Mechanisms and Policies for Managing Cache Hierarchies in Chip Multiprocessors

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Adaptive Mechanisms and Policies for Managing Cache Hierarchies in Chip Multiprocessors
With the ability to place large numbers of transistors on a single silicon chip, manufacturers have begun developing chip multiprocessors (CMPs) containing multiple processor cores, varying amounts of level 1 and level 2 caching, and on-chip directory structures for level 3 caches and memory. The level 3 cache may be used as a victim cache for both modified and clean lines evicted from on-chip level 2 caches. Efficient area and performance management of this cache hierarchy is paramount given the projected increase in access latency to off-chip memory. This paper proposes simple architectural extensions and adaptive policies for managing the L2 and L3 cache hierarchy in a CMP system. In particular, we evaluate two mechanisms that improve cache effectiveness. First, we propose the use of a small history table to provide hints to the L2 caches as to which lines are resident in the L3 cache. We employ this table to eliminate some unnecessary clean write backs to the L3 cache, reducing ...
Evan Speight, Hazim Shafi, Lixin Zhang, Ramakrishn
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where ISCA
Authors Evan Speight, Hazim Shafi, Lixin Zhang, Ramakrishnan Rajamony
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