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MOSAIC: a scalable coherence Protocol

Abstract: The coherence protocol presented in this work, denoted MOSAIC, introduces a new approach to face the challenges of complex multilevel cache hierarchies in future many-core systems. The essential aspect of the proposal is to eliminate the condition of inclusiveness through the different levels of the memory hierarchy while maintaining the complexity of the protocol limited. Cost reduction decisions taken to reduce this complexity may introduce artificial inefficiencies in the on-chip cache hierarchy, especially when the number of cores and private cache size is large. Our approach trades area and complexity for on-chip bandwidth, employing an integrated broadcast mechanism in a directory structure. In energy terms, the protocol scales like a conventional directory coherence protocol, but relaxes the shared information inclusiveness. This allows the performance implications of directory size and associativity reduction to be overcome. As it is even simpler than a conventional directory, the results of our evaluation show that the approach is quite insensitive, in terms of performance and energy expenditure, to the size and associativity of the directory.

 Autoría: Menezo L.G., Puente V., Abad P., Gregorio J.A.,

 Fuente: International Journal of Parallel Programming, 2018, 46, 1110-1138

 Editorial: Springer

 Año de publicación: 2018

 Nº de páginas: 29

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1007/s10766-018-0557-y

 ISSN: 0885-7458,1573-7640

 Proyecto español: TIN2015-66979-R

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10766-018-0557-y