Adaptive Spill-Receive for Robust High-Performance Caching in CMPs

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Provided by: IBM
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
In a Chip Multi-Processor (CMP) with private caches, the last level cache is statically partitioned between all the cores. This prevents such CMPs from sharing cache capacity in response to the requirement of individual cores. Capacity sharing can be provided in private caches by spilling a line evicted from one cache to another cache. However, naively allowing all caches to spill evicted lines to other caches have limited performance benefit as such spilling does not take into account which cores benefit from extra capacity and which cores can provide extra capacity.
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