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Using a User-Level Memory Thread for Correlation Prefetching

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Using a User-Level Memory Thread for Correlation Prefetching
This paper introduces the idea of using a User-Level Memory Thread (ULMT) for correlation prefetching. In this approach, a user thread runs on a general-purpose processor in main memory, either in the memory controller chip or in a DRAM chip. The thread performs correlation prefetching in software, sending the prefetched data into the L2 cache of the main processor. This approach requires minimal hardware beyond the memory processor: the correlation table is a software data structure that resides in main memory, while the main processor only needs a few modifications to its L2 cache so that it can accept incoming prefetches. In addition, the approach has wide usability, as it can effectively prefetch even for irregular applications. Finally, it is very flexible, as the prefetching algorithm can be customized by the user on an application basis. Our simulation results show that, through a new design of the correlation table and prefetching algorithm, our scheme delivers good results....
Yan Solihin, Josep Torrellas, Jaejin Lee
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Type Conference
Year 2002
Where ISCA
Authors Yan Solihin, Josep Torrellas, Jaejin Lee
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