A Global Replacement Based on Actual Set Association
Recently, to reduce conflict misses introduced by the non-uniform distribution of memory references, global replacement is explored in set-associative cache. The authors propose a novel low-overhead global replacement mechanism based on actual set association. In their mechanism, the global replacement is partitioned into global set selection and local LRU replacement within set allowing data resources contention among sets. For the twelve benchmarks from SPEC CPU2000 suite, their mechanism can achieve an average miss rate reduction of 20.94% close to global LRU replacement with an extra storage cost of about 4.63%, compared to a baseline set-associative cache.