Analysis of Cache Performance for Operating Systems and Multiprogramming / Edition 1

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1 Introduction.- 1.1 Overview of Cache Design.- 1.1.1 Cache Parameters.- 1.1.2 Cache Performance Evaluation Methodology.- 1.2 Review of Past Work.- 1.3 Then, Why This Research?.- 1.3.1 Accurately Characterizing Large Cache Performance.- 1.3.2 Obtaining Trace Data for Cache Analysis.- 1.3.3 Developing Efficient and Accurate Cache Analysis Methods.- 1.4 Contributions.- 1.5 Organization.- 2 Obtaining Accurate Trace Data.- 2.1 Current Tracing Techniques.- 2.2 Tracing Using Microcode.- 2.3 An Experimental Implementation.- 2.3.1 Storage of Trace Data.- 2.3.2 Recording Memory References.- 2.3.3 Tracing Control.- 2.4 Trace Description.- 2.5 Applications in Performance Evaluation.- 2.6 Extensions and Summary.- 3 Cache Analyses Techniques — An Analytical Cache Model.- 3.1 Motivation and Overview.- 3.1.1 The Case for the Analytical Cache Model.- 3.1.2 Overview of the Model.- 3.2 A Basic Cache Model.- 3.2.1 Start-Up Effects.- 3.2.2 Non-Stationary Effects.- 3.2.3 Intrinsic Interference.- 3.3 A Comprehensive Cache Model.- 3.3.1 Set Size.- 3.3.2 Modeling Spatial Locality and the Effect of Block Size.- 3.3.3 Multiprogramming.- 3.4 Model Validation and Applications.- 3.5 Summary.- 4 Transient Cache Analysis — Trace Sampling and Trace Stitching.- 4.1 Introduction.- 4.2 Transient Behavior Analysis and Trace Sampling.- 4.2.1 Definitions.- 4.2.2 Analysis of Start-up Effects in Single Process Traces.- 4.2.3 Start-up Effects in Multiprocess Traces.- 4.3 Obtaining Longer Samples Using Trace Stitching.- 4.4 Trace Compaction — Cache Filtering with Blocking.- 4.4.1 Cache Filter.- 4.4.2 Block Filter.- 4.4.3 Implementation of the Cache and Block Filters.- 4.4.4 Miss Rate Estimation.- 4.4.5 Compaction Results.- 5 Cache Performance Analysis for System References.- 5.1 Motivation.- 5.2 Analysis of the Miss Rate Components due to System References.- 5.3 Analysis of System Miss Rate.- 5.4 Associativity.- 5.5 Block Size.- 5.6 Evaluation of Split Caches.- 6 Impact of Multiprogramming on Cache Performance.- 6.1 Relative Performance of Multiprogramming Cache Techniques.- 6.2 More on Warm Start versus Cold Start.- 6.3 Impact of Shared System Code on Multitasking Cache Performance.- 6.4 Process Switch Statistics and Their Effects on Cache ModeUng.- 6.5 Associativity.- 6.6 Block Size.- 6.7 Improving the Multiprogramming Performance of Caches.- 6.7.1 Hashing.- 6.7.2 A Hash-Rehash Cache.- 6.7.3 Split Caches.- 7 Multiprocessor Cache Analysis.- 7.1 Tracing Multiprocessors.- 7.2 Characteristics of Traces.- 7.3 Analysis.- 7.3.1 General Methodology.- 7.3.2 Multiprocess Interference in Large Virtual and Physical Caches.- 7.3.3 Analysis of Interference Between Multiple Processors.- 7.3.4 Blocks Containing Semaphores.- 8 Conclusions and Suggestions for Future Work.- 8.1 Concluding Remarks.- 8.2 Suggestions for Future Work.- Appendices.- B.1 On the Stability of the Collision Rate.- B.2 Estimating Variations in the Collision Rate.- C Inter-Run Intervals and Spatial Locality.- D Summary of Benchmark Characteristics.- E Features of ATUM-2.- E.1 Distributing Trace Control to All Processors.- E.2 Provision of Atomic Accesses to Trace Memory.- E.3 Instruction Stream Compaction Using a Cache Simulated in Microcode.- E.4 Microcode Patch Space Conservation.

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