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16th International Conference on Parallel Architecture and Compilation Techniques (PACT 2007) (2007)
Brasov, Romania
Sept. 15, 2007 to Sept. 19, 2007
ISSN: 1089-795X
ISBN: 0-7695-2944-5
pp: 245-258
Nauman Rafique , Purdue University, USA
Won-Taek Lim , Purdue University, USA
Mithuna Thottethodi , Purdue University, USA
Technology trends are leading to increasing number of cores on chip. All these cores inherently share the DRAM bandwidth. The on-chip cache resources are limited and in many situations, cannot hold the working set of the threads running on all these cores. This situation makes DRAM bandwidth a critical shared resource. Existing DRAM bandwidth management schemes provide support for enforcing bandwidth shares but have problems like starvation, complexity, and unpredictable DRAM access latency. <p>In this paper, we propose a DRAM bandwidth management scheme with two key features. First, the scheme avoids unexpected long latencies or starvation of memory requests. It also allows OS to select the right combination of performance and strength of bandwidth share enforcement. Second, it provides a feedback-driven policy that adaptively tunes the bandwidth shares to achieve desired average latencies for memory accesses. This feature is useful under high contention and can be used to provide performance level support for critical applications or to support service level agreements for enterprise computing data centers.</p>

M. Thottethodi, W. Lim and N. Rafique, "Effective Management of DRAM Bandwidth in Multicore Processors," 16th International Conference on Parallel Architecture and Compilation Techniques (PACT 2007)(PACT), Brasov, Romania, 2007, pp. 245-258.
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