Light NUCA: A Proposal for Bridging the Inter-Cache Latency Gap

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Topic: Storage
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To deal with the \"Memory wall\" problem, microprocessors include large secondary on-chip caches. But as these caches enlarge, they originate a new latency gap between them and fast L1 caches (inter-cache latency gap). Recently, Non-Uniform Cache Architectures (NUCAs) have been proposed to sustain the size growth trend of secondary caches that is threatened by wire-delay problems. NUCAs are size-oriented, and they were not conceived to close the inter-cache latency gap. To tackle this problem, the authors propose Light NUCAs (L-NUCAs) leveraging on-chip wire density to interconnect small tiles through specialized networks, which convey packets with distributed and dynamic routing.

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