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SHiP: Signature-Based Hit Predictor for High Performance Caching

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Executive Summary

The shared last-level caches in CMPs play an important role in improving application performance and reducing off-chip memory bandwidth requirements. In order to use LLCs more efficiently, recent research has shown that changing the re-reference prediction on cache insertions and cache hits can significantly improve cache performance. A fundamental challenge, however, is how to best predict the re-reference pattern of an incoming cache line. This paper shows that cache performance can be improved by correlating the re-reference behavior of a cache line with a unique signature.

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