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A light-weight fairness mechanism for chip multiprocessor memory systems

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A light-weight fairness mechanism for chip multiprocessor memory systems
Chip Multiprocessor (CMP) memory systems suffer from the effects of destructive thread interference. This interference reduces performance predictability because it depends heavily on the memory access pattern and intensity of the co-scheduled threads. In this work, we confirm that all shared units must be thread-aware in order to provide memory system fairness. However, the current proposals for fair memory systems are complex as they require an interference measurement mechanism and a fairness enforcement policy for all hardware-controlled shared units. Furthermore, they often sacrifice system throughput to reach their fairness goals which is not desirable in all systems. In this work, we show that our novel fairness mechanism, called the Dynamic Miss Handling Architecture (DMHA), is able to reduce implementation complexity by using a single fairness enforcement policy for the complete hardware-managed shared memory system. Specifically, it controls the total miss bandwidth avail...
Magnus Jahre, Lasse Natvig
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where CF
Authors Magnus Jahre, Lasse Natvig
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