University of Karachi
In the light of increasing area, big on chip memories are becoming more and more affordable. In coming multi-core systems they are also a necessity to cope with the increasing memory bandwidth pressure towards external memories. The authors show that block caches alone can already outperform instruction caches of the same size and provide initial data and insights into the automated use of block caches and their respective on and offline phases. Energy and power dissipation constrain clock rates in embedded systems.