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Maintaining I/O Data Coherence in Embedded Multicore Systems
May/June 2009 (vol. 29 no. 3)
pp. 10-19
Thomas B. Berg, MIPS Technologies

In embedded systems, multiple cores mean multiple caches and often multiple cache levels. Consequently, maintaining coherency between the cores' caches and the data generated or consumed by I/O devices is challenging, with different solutions trading off hardware versus software complexity. The optimal approach for I/O data coherence depends on application and system characteristics, and might require a combination of techniques.

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Index Terms:
multicore, I/O coherence, hardware/software interfaces, memory hierarchy, embedded systems, coherence manager, cache
Citation:
Thomas B. Berg, "Maintaining I/O Data Coherence in Embedded Multicore Systems," IEEE Micro, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 10-19, May-June 2009, doi:10.1109/MM.2009.44
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