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ICR: In-Cache Replication for Enhancing Data Cache Reliability

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ICR: In-Cache Replication for Enhancing Data Cache Reliability
Processor caches already play a critical role in the performance of today’s computer systems. At the same time, the data integrity of words coming out of the caches can have serious consequences on the ability of a program to execute correctly, or even to proceed. The integrity checks need to be performed in a time-sensitive manner to not slow down the execution when there are no errors as in the common case, and should not excessively increase the power budget of the caches which is already high. ECC and parity-based protection techniques in use today fall at either extremes in terms of compromising one criteria for another, i.e., reliability for performance or vice-versa. This paper proposes a novel solution to this problem by allowing in-cache replication, wherein reliability can be enhanced without excessively slowing down cache accesses or requiring significant area cost increases. The mechanism is fairly power efficient in comparison to other alternatives as well. In particu...
Wei Zhang 0002, Sudhanva Gurumurthi, Mahmut T. Kan
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Authors Wei Zhang 0002, Sudhanva Gurumurthi, Mahmut T. Kandemir, Anand Sivasubramaniam
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