TapeCache: A High Density, Energy Efficient Cache Based on Domain Wall Memory

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Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Storage
Format: PDF
Domain Wall Memory (DWM) is a recently developed spin-based memory technology in which several bits of data are densely packed into the domains of a ferromagnetic wire. DWM has shown great promise in enabling non-volatile memory with unprecedented density and high energy efficiency. In this paper, the authors propose TapeCache, a first attempt to employ DWMs as last-level caches in general purpose computing platforms. DWMs enable much higher density compared to SRAM, DRAM, and other spin-based memory technologies such as STT-MRAM. However, they also pose unique challenges such as serial access to the bits stored in a DWM cell, leading to variable access latencies.
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