Temporal-based multilevel correlating inclusive cache replacement Academic Article uri icon


  • Inclusive caches have been widely used in Chip Multiprocessors (CMPs) to simplify cache coherence. However, they have poor performance compared with noninclusive caches not only because of the limited capacity of the entire cache hierarchy but also due to ignorance of temporal locality of the Last-Level Cache (LLC). Blocks that are highly referenced (referred to as hot blocks) are always hit in higher-level caches (e.g., L1 cache) and are rarely referenced in the LLC. Therefore, they become replacement victims in the LLC. Due to the inclusion property, blocks evicted from the LLC have to also be invalidated from higher-level caches. Invalidation of hot blocks from the entire cache hierarchy introduces costly off-chip misses that makes the inclusive cache perform poorly. Neither blocks that are highly referenced in the LLC nor blocks that are highly referenced in higherlevel caches should be the LLC replacement victims.We propose temporal-based multilevel correlating cache replacement for inclusive caches to evict blocks in the LLC that are also not hot in higher-level caches using correlated temporal information acquired from all levels of a cache hierarchy with minimal overhead. Invalidation of these blocks does not hurt the performance. By contrast, replacing them as early as possible with useful blocks helps improve cache performance. Based on our experiments, in a dual-core CMP, an inclusive cache with temporal-based multilevel correlating cache replacement significantly outperforms an inclusive cache with traditional LRU replacement by yielding an average speedup of 12.7%, which is comparable to an enhanced noninclusive cache, while requiring less than 1% of storage overhead. © 2013 ACM.

author list (cited authors)

  • Tian, Y., Khan, S. M., & Jiménez, D. A.

citation count

  • 0

publication date

  • January 2013