Hybrid Cache Architecture for High Speed Packet Processing

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Hybrid Cache Architecture for High Speed Packet Processing
: The exposed memory hierarchies employed in many network processors (NPs) are expensive in terms of meeting the worst-case processing requirement. Moreover, it is difficult to effectively utilise them because of the explicit data movement between different memory levels. Also, the effectiveness of traditional cache in NPs needs to be improved. A memory hierarchy component, called split control cache, is presented that employs two independent low-latency memory stores to temporarily hold the flow-based and application-relevant information, exploiting the different locality behaviours exhibited by these two types of data. Just like conventional cache, data movement is manipulated by specially designed hardware so as to relieve the programmers from the details of memory management. Software simulation shows that compared with conventional cache, a performance improvement of up to 90% can be achieved by this scheme for OC-3c and OC-12c links.
Zhen Liu, Kai Zheng, Bin Liu
Added 24 Jun 2010
Updated 24 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2005
Where HOTI
Authors Zhen Liu, Kai Zheng, Bin Liu
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