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Friendly fire: understanding the effects of multiprocessor prefetches

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Friendly fire: understanding the effects of multiprocessor prefetches
Modern processors attempt to overcome increasing memory latencies by anticipating future references and prefetching those blocks from memory. The behavior and possible negative side effects of prefetching schemes are fairly well understood for uniprocessor systems. However, in a multiprocessor system a prefetch can steal read and/or write permissions for shared blocks from other processors, leading to permission thrashing and overall performance degradation. In this paper, we present a taxonomy that classifies the effects of multiprocessor prefetches. We also present a characterization of the effects of four different hardware prefetching schemes--sequential prefetching, content-directed data prefetching, wrong path prefetching and exclusive prefetching--in a bus-based multiprocessor system. Weshow thataccuracy and coverage areinadequate metrics for describing prefetching in a multiprocessor; rather, we also need to understand what fraction of prefetches interfere with remote processo...
Natalie D. Enright Jerger, Eric L. Hill, Mikko H.
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where ISPASS
Authors Natalie D. Enright Jerger, Eric L. Hill, Mikko H. Lipasti
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