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Scavenger: A New Last Level Cache Architecture with Global Block Priority

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Scavenger: A New Last Level Cache Architecture with Global Block Priority
Addresses suffering from cache misses typically exhibit repetitive patterns due to the temporal locality inherent in the access stream. However, we observe that the number of intervening misses at the last-level cache between the eviction of a particular block and its reuse can be very large, preventing traditional victim caching mechanisms from exploiting this repeating behavior. In this paper, we present Scavenger, a new architecture for last-level caches. Scavenger divides the total storage budget into a conventional cache and a novel victim file architecture, which employs a skewed Bloom filter in conjunction with a pipelined priority heap to identify and retain the blocks that most frequently missed in the conventional part of the cache in the recent past. When compared against a baseline configuration with a 1MB 8-way L2 cache, a Scavenger configuration with a 512kB 8-way conventional cache and a 512kB victim file achieves an IPC improvement of up to 63% and on average (geo...
Arkaprava Basu, Nevin Kirman, Meyrem Kirman, Maina
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where MICRO
Authors Arkaprava Basu, Nevin Kirman, Meyrem Kirman, Mainak Chaudhuri, José F. Martínez
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