A Case for Runtime-Assisted Global Cache Management
Rapport, 2016

Dead blocks are handled inefficiently in the multi-level cache hierarchies of many-core architectures because the decision whether a block is dead has to be made locally at each level. This paper introduces runtime-assisted global cache management to quickly deem blocks dead at all levels. The scheme is based on a cooperative hardware/software approach that leverages dynamic information about future region accesses. We show that our proposed runtime-assisted global cache management approach outperforms previously proposed local dead-block management schemes.

multi-core architecture

runtime system

dead block prediction

multi-level cache hierarchy

task data-flow programming model


Madhavan Manivannan

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik

Miquel Pericas

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datorteknik

Vasileios Papaefstathiou

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datorteknik

Per Stenström

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik





Informations- och kommunikationsteknik


C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)

Technical report - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University: 2016:03

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