Morphable cache architectures: Potential benefits


Kadayif I. , KANDEMIR M., VIJAYKRISHNAN N., IRWIN M., RAMANUJAM J.

ACM SIGPLAN NOTICES, vol.36, no.8, pp.128-137, 2001 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1145/384196.384215
  • Title of Journal : ACM SIGPLAN NOTICES
  • Page Numbers: pp.128-137

Abstract

Computer architects have tried to mitigate the consequences of high memory latencies using a variety techniques. An example of these techniques is multi-level caches to counteract the latency that results from having a memory that is slower than the processor. Recent research has demonstrated that compiler optimizations that modify data layouts and restructure computation can be successful in improving memory system performance. However, in many cases, working with a fixed cache configuration prevents the application/compiler from obtaining the maximum performance. In addition, prompted by demand in portability, long battery life, and law-cost packaging, the computer industry has started viewing energy and power as decisive design factors, along with performance and cost. This makes the job of the compiler/user even more difficult as one needs to strike a balance between law power/energy consumption and high performance. Consequently, adapting the code to the underlying cache/memory hierarchy is becoming more and more difficult.