Fairness via Source Throttling: A Configurable and High-Performance Fairness Substrate for Multicore Memory Systems

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Cores in Chip Multi-Processors (CMPs) share multiple memory subsystem resources. If resource sharing is unfair, some applications can be delayed significantly while others are unfairly prioritized. Previous research proposed separate fairness mechanisms for each resource. Such resource-based fairness mechanisms implemented independently in each resource can make contradictory decisions, leading to low fairness and performance loss. Therefore, a coordinated mechanism that provides fairness in the entire shared memory system is desirable. This paper proposes a new approach that provides fairness in the entire shared memory system, thereby eliminating the need for and complexity of developing fairness mechanisms for each resource.

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