Way Stealing: Cache-Assisted Automatic Instruction Set Extensions

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Storage
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors introduce way stealing, a simple architectural modification to a cache-based processor to increase data bandwidth to and from application-specific Instruction Set Extensions (ISEs). Way Stealing provides more bandwidth to the ISE-logic than the register file alone and does not require expensive coherence protocols, as it does not add memory elements to the processor. When enhanced with Way stealing, ISE identification flows detect more opportunities for acceleration than prior methods; consequently, way stealing can accelerate applications to up to 3:7, whilst reducing the memory sub-system energy consumption by up to 67%, despite data-cache related restrictions.

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