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RPP: Reference Pattern Based Kernel Prefetching Controller
Hyo J. LEE In Hwan DOH Eunsam KIM Sam H. NOH
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems
Publication Date: 2009/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: System Programs
kernel prefetching, reference pattern, read-ahead, overshooting,
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Conventional kernel prefetching schemes have focused on taking advantage of sequential access patterns that are easy to detect. However, it is observed that, on random and even sequential references, they may cause performance degradation due to inaccurate pattern prediction and overshooting. To address these problems, we propose a novel approach to work with existing kernel prefetching schemes, called Reference Pattern based kernel Prefetching (RPP). The RPP can reduce negative effects of existing schemes by identifying one more reference pattern, i.e., looping, in addition to random and sequential patterns and delaying starting prefetching until patterns are confirmed to be sequential or looping.