Location cache: a low-power L2 cache system

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Location cache: a low-power L2 cache system
While set-associative caches incur fewer misses than directmapped caches, they typically have slower hit times and higher power consumption, when multiple tag and data banks are probed in parallel. This paper presents the location cache structure which significantly reduces the power consumption for large setassociative caches. We propose to use a small cache, called location cache to store the location of future cache references. If there is a hit in the location cache, the supported cache is accessed as a direct-mapped cache. Otherwise, the supported cache is referenced as a conventional set-associative cache. The worst case access latency of the location cache system is the same as that of a conventional cache. The location cache is virtually indexed so that operations on it can be performed in parallel with the TLB address translation. These advantages make it ideal for L2 cache systems where traditional way-predication strategies perform poorly. We used the CACTI cache model to ...
Rui Min, Wen-Ben Jone, Yiming Hu
Added 30 Jun 2010
Updated 30 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2004
Authors Rui Min, Wen-Ben Jone, Yiming Hu
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