Memory access optimizations in instruction-set simulators

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Memory access optimizations in instruction-set simulators
Design of programmable processors and embedded applications requires instruction-set simulators for early exploration and validation of candidate architectures. Interpretive simulators are widely used in embedded systems design. One of the key performance bottlenecks in interpretive simulation is the instruction and data memory access translation between host and target machines. The simulators must maintain and update the status of the simulated processor including memory and register values. A major challenge in the simulation is to efficiently map the target address space to the host address space. This paper presents two optimization techniques that aggressively utilize the spatial locality of the instruction and data accesses in interpretive simulation: signature based address mapping for optimizing general memory accesses; and incremental instruction fetch for optimizing instruction accesses. To demonstrate the utility of this approach we applied these techniques on SimpleScalar...
Mehrdad Reshadi, Prabhat Mishra
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors Mehrdad Reshadi, Prabhat Mishra
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