Provided by: Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Date Added: Sep 2013
Superpage and page coloring are two important practical techniques to improve the performance of Translation Lookaside Buffers (TLBs) and shared Last Level Cache (LLC) respectively. However, there exists a gap between these two techniques in current hardware-architecture design, resulting in the contradiction in adopting these two optimizations simultaneously: a superpage requires hundreds of contiguous (e.g. a power of two) base pages in both virtual and physical memory, which would compulsorily occupy all available page colors (or cache sets), thus making page coloring failed to work.