Processors Investigate

Towards Practical Page Coloring-Based Multi-Core Cache Management

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Executive Summary

Modern multi-core processors present new resource management challenges due to the subtle interactions of simultaneously executing processes sharing on-chip resources (particularly the L2 cache). Recent research demonstrates that the operating system may use the page coloring mechanism to control cache partitioning, and consequently to achieve fair and efficient cache utilization. However, page coloring places additional constraints on memory space allocation, which may conflict with application memory needs. Further, adaptive adjustments of cache partitioning policies in a multi-programmed execution environment may incur substantial overhead for page re-coloring (or copying).

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