Trace Cache Sampling Filter

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Trace Cache Sampling Filter
This paper presents a new technique for efficient usage of small trace caches. A trace cache can significantly increase the performance of wide out-oforder processors, but to be effective, the size of the trace cache should be large. Power and timing considerations indicate that a small trace cache is desirable, with special mechanisms to increase its effectiveness despite the limited size. Hence several authors have proposed various filtering methods to select "good traces" for keeping in the trace cache, from among the general population of traces. This paper presents a new filtering technique, which is based on sampling. Our new technique suggests that instead of building all the traces and trying to select the good ones among them, it is more efficient to make a preliminary selection of traces. This selection is based on a random sampling approach. We show that the Sampling Filter improves trace cache and overall system performance, while reducing power dissipation. The ...
Michael Behar, Avi Mendelson, Avinoam Kolodny
Added 25 Jun 2010
Updated 25 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors Michael Behar, Avi Mendelson, Avinoam Kolodny
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