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2011 International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (2011)
Galveston, Texas USA
Oct. 10, 2011 to Oct. 14, 2011
ISSN: 1089-795X
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4566-0
pp: 212
The least recently used (LRU) replacement policy performs poorly in the last-level cache (LLC) because temporal locality of memory accesses is filtered by first and second level caches. We propose a cache segmentation technique that adapts to cache access patterns by predicting the best number of not-yet-referenced and already-referenced blocks in the cache. The technique is independent from the LRU policy so it can work with less expensive replacement policies. It can automatically detect when to bypass blocks to the CPU with no extra overhead. It outperforms LRU replacement on average by 5.2% with not-recently-used (NRU) replacement and on average by 2.2% with random replacement in a 2MB LLC in a single-core processor with a memory intensive subset of SPEC CPU 2006 benchmarks.
Memory Hierarchy, Cache

D. A. Jiménez and S. Khan, "Decoupled Cache Segmentation: Mutable Policy with Automated Bypass," 2011 International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques(PACT), Galveston, Texas USA, 2011, pp. 212.
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