Guiding Architectural SRAM Models

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Guiding Architectural SRAM Models
— Caches, block memories, predictors, state tables, and other forms of on-chip memory are continuing to consume a greater portion of processor designs with each passing year. Making good architectural decisions early in the design process requires a reasonably accurate model for these important structures. Dealing with continuously changing SRAM design practices and VLSI technologies make this a very difficult problem. Most hand-built memory models capture only a single parameterized design and fail to account for changes in design practice for different size memories or problems with wire scaling. Instead, in this paper we present a high level model that can be used to make simple analytical estimates. Our model is built using the characterization of almost 60 real memory designs from the past 15 years. Our model and the presented methodology can be used to calibrate even more detailed memory models for better accuracy. Despite all of the things that could have gone wrong over the ...
Banit Agrawal, Timothy Sherwood
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where ICCD
Authors Banit Agrawal, Timothy Sherwood
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