D-VLS cache). " The D-VLS cache can optimize its line-size according to the characteristic of programs, and attempts to improve the performance by exploiting the high on-chip memory bandwidth on merged DRAM/logic LSIs appropriately. In our evaluation, it is observed that an average memory-access time improvement achieved by a direct-mapped D-VLS cache is about 20% compared to a conventional direct-mapped cache with fixed 32-byte lines. This performance improvement is better than that of a doubled-size conventional direct-mapped cache." />


Dynamically Variable Line-Size Cache Architecture for Merged DRAM/Logic LSIs

Koji INOUE  Koji KAI  Kazuaki MURAKAMI  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E83-D   No.5   pp.1048-1057
Publication Date: 2000/05/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Computer System Element
Keyword: 
cache,  variable line-size,  merged DRAM/logic LSIs,  high bandwidth,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a novel cache architecture suitable for merged DRAM/logic LSIs, which is called "dynamically variable line-size cache (D-VLS cache). " The D-VLS cache can optimize its line-size according to the characteristic of programs, and attempts to improve the performance by exploiting the high on-chip memory bandwidth on merged DRAM/logic LSIs appropriately. In our evaluation, it is observed that an average memory-access time improvement achieved by a direct-mapped D-VLS cache is about 20% compared to a conventional direct-mapped cache with fixed 32-byte lines. This performance improvement is better than that of a doubled-size conventional direct-mapped cache.