Caches As Filters: A Unifying Model for Memory Hierarchy Analysis

Dee Weikle, Kevin Skadron, Sally McKee & Wm Wulf
This paper outlines the new caches-as-filters framework for the analysis of caching systems, describing the functional filter model in detail. This model is more general than those introduced previously, allowing designers and compiler writers to understand why a cache exhibits a particular behavior, and in some cases indicating what compiler or hardware techniques must be employed to improve a cache hierarchy's performance. Three components of the framework, the trace-specification notation, equivalence class concept, and new...
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