This paper proposes a novel cache architecture for low power consumption, called "Adaptive Way-Predicting Cache (AWP cache)." The AWP cache has multi-operation modes and dynamically adapts the operation mode based on the accuracy of way-prediction results. A confidence counter for way prediction is implemented to each cache set. In order to analyze the effectiveness of the AWP cache, we perform a SRAM design using 0.18 μm CMOS technology and cycle-accurate processor simulations. As the results, for a benchmark program (179.art), it is observed that a performance-aware AWP cache reduces the 49% of performance overhead caused by an original way-predicting cache to 17%. Furthermore, a energy-aware AWP cache achieves 73% of energy reduction, whereas that obtained from the original way-predicting scheme is only 38%, compared to an non-optimized conventional cache. For the consideration of energy-performance efficiency, we see that the energy-aware AWP cache produces better results; the energy-delay product of conventional organization is reduced to only 35% in average which is 6% better than the original way-predicting scheme.
|ジャーナル||IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences|
|出版ステータス||出版済み - 12月 2005|
!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- コンピュータ グラフィックスおよびコンピュータ支援設計