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Design and implementation of software-managed caches for multicores with local memory

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Design and implementation of software-managed caches for multicores with local memory
Heterogeneous multicores, such as Cell BE processors and GPGPUs, typically do not have caches for their accelerator cores because coherence traffic, cache misses, and latencies from different types of memory accesses add overhead and adversely affect instruction scheduling. Instead, the accelerator cores have internal local memory to place their code and data. Programmers of such heterogeneous multicore architectures must explicitly manage data transfers between the local memory of a core and the globally shared main memory. This is a tedious and errorprone programming task. A software-managed cache (SMC), implemented in local memory, can be programmed to automatically handle data transfers at runtime, thus simplifying the task of the programmer. In this paper, we propose a new software-managed cache design, called extended set-index cache (ESC). It has the benefits of both set-associative and fully associative caches. Its tag search speed is comparable to the set-associative cache an...
Sangmin Seo, Jaejin Lee, Zehra Sura
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where HPCA
Authors Sangmin Seo, Jaejin Lee, Zehra Sura
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