Practical Precise Evaluation of Cache Effects on Low Level Embedded VLIW Computing

Abstract : The introduction of caches inside high performance processors provides technical ways to reduce the memory gap by tolerating longmemory access delays. While such intermediate fast caches accelerate program execution in general, they have a negative impact on the predictability of program performances. This lack of performance stability is a non-desirable characteristic for embedded computing. We will present the progress of our experimental study about the influence of cache effects on embedded VLIW processors (ST2xx processors). We are trying to understand qualitatively and quantitatively the interactions between cache effects (Data cache) and instruction level parallelism at different granularities: applications and functions (coarse grain), program regions (medium grain) and instructions (fine grain). Our aim is to come up with experimental arguments helping to decide whether non-blocking caches would be a reasonable architectural design choice for embedded VLIW processors. By reasonable, we mean bringing opportunities at two levels: 1) program execution acceleration with tolerable performance predictability, and 2) active interactions with compiler optimization techniques. Our study is based on many months of full-time simulations on tens of workstations producingmany terabytes of data to analyse.
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22nd European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS 2008), Jun 2008, Nicosia, Cyprus. ECMS, pp.75-81, 2008, High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPCS 2008)
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Samir Ammenouche, Sid Touati, William Jalby. Practical Precise Evaluation of Cache Effects on Low Level Embedded VLIW Computing. 22nd European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS 2008), Jun 2008, Nicosia, Cyprus. ECMS, pp.75-81, 2008, High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPCS 2008). 〈inria-00637224〉

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