Per-Operation Reusability Based Allocation and Migration Policy for Hybrid Cache

Minsik Oh, Kwangsu Kim, Duheon Choi, Hyuk Jun Lee, Eui Young Chung

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Recently, a hybrid cache consisting of SRAM and STT-RAM has attracted much attention as a future memory by complementing each other with different memory characteristics. Prior works focused on developing data allocation and migration techniques considering write-intensity to reduce write energy at STT-RAM. However, these works often neglect the impact of operation-specific reusability of a cache line. In this paper, we propose an energy-efficient per-operation reusability-based allocation and migration policy (ORAM) with a unified LRU replacement policy. First, to select an adequate memory type for allocation, we propose a cost function based on per-operation reusability-gain from an allocated cache line and loss from an evicted cache line for different memory types-which exploits the temporal locality. Besides, we present a migration policy, victim and target cache line selection scheme, to resolve memory type inconsistency between replacement policy and the allocation policy, with further energy reduction. Experiment results show an average energy reduction in the LLC and the main memory by 12.3 and 21.2 percent, and the improvement of latency and execution time by 21.2 and 8.8 percent, respectively, compared with a baseline hybrid cache management. In addition, the Energy-Delay Product (EDP) is improved by 36.9 percent over the baseline.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8851211
Pages (from-to)158-171
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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