Improving data cache performance with integrated use of split caches, victim cache and stream buffers

Abstract

In our prior work we explored a cache organization providing architectural support for distinguishing between memory references that exhibit spatial and temporal locality and mapping them to separate caches.That work showed that using separate (data) caches for indexed or stream data and scalar data items could lead to substantial improvements in terms of cache misses. In addition, such a separation allowed for the design of caches that could be tailored to meet the properties exhibited by different data items.In this paper, we investigate the interaction between three established methods: split cache, victim cache and stream buffer. Since significant amounts of compulsory and conflict misses are avoided, the size of each cache (i.e., array and scalar), as well as the combined cache capacity can be reduced. Our results show that on average 55% reduction in miss rates over the base configuration.

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