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A small cache of large ranges: Hardware methods for efficiently searching, storing, and updating big dataflow tags

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A small cache of large ranges: Hardware methods for efficiently searching, storing, and updating big dataflow tags
Dynamically tracking the flow of data within a microprocessor creates many new opportunities to detect and track malicious or erroneous behavior, but these schemes all rely on the ability to associate tags with all of virtual or physical memory. If one wishes to store large 32-bit tags, multiple tags per data element, or tags at the granularity of bytes rather than words, then directly storing one tag on chip to cover one byte or word (in a cache or otherwise) can be an expensive proposition. We show that dataflow tags in fact naturally exhibit a very high degree of spatial-value locality, an observation we can exploit by storing metadata on ranges of addresses (which cover a non-aligned contiguous span of memory) rather than on individual elements. In fact, a small 128 entry onchip range cache (with area equivalent to 4KB of SRAM) hits more than 98% of the time on average. The key to this approach is our proposed method by which ranges of tags are kept in cache in an optimally RLE-co...
Mohit Tiwari, Banit Agrawal, Shashidhar Mysore, Jo
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where MICRO
Authors Mohit Tiwari, Banit Agrawal, Shashidhar Mysore, Jonathan Valamehr, Timothy Sherwood
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