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Skewed-associative caches

André Seznec
François Bodin
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During the past decade, microprocessors potential performance has increased at a tremendous rate using RISC concept, higher and higher clock frequencies and parallel / pipelined instruction issuing. As the gap between the main memory access time and the potential average instruction time is always increasing, it has become very important to improve the behavior of the caches, particularly when no secondary cache is used (i.e. on all low cost microprocessor systems ). In order to improve cache hit ratios, set-associative caches are used in most of the new superscalar microprocessors. In this paper, we present a new organization for a multi-bank cache : the skewed-associative cache. Skewed-associative caches have a better behavior than set-associative caches : typically a two-banks skewed-associative cache has the hardware complexity of a two-way set-associative cache, but exhibits the same hit ratio as a four-way set associative cache of the same size.


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inria-00074902 , version 1 (24-05-2006)


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André Seznec, François Bodin. Skewed-associative caches. [Research Report] RR-1655, INRIA. 1992. ⟨inria-00074902⟩
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