Processors

Hybrid Distributed Shared Memory Space in Multi-core Processors

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Executive Summary

On multi-core processors, memories are preferably distributed and supporting Distributed Shared Memory (DSM) is essential for the sake of reusing huge amount of legacy code and easy programming. However, the DSM organization imports the inherent overhead of translating virtual memory addresses into physical memory addresses, resulting in negative performance. The authors observe that, in parallel applications, different data have different properties (private or shared). For the private data accesses, it's unnecessary to perform Virtual-to-Physical address translations. Even for the same datum, its property may be changeable in different phases of the program execution.

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