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About: Cache algorithms is a(n) research topic. Over the lifetime, 14321 publication(s) have been published within this topic receiving 320796 citation(s).

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TL;DR: This paper demonstrates the benefits of cache sharing, measures the overhead of the existing protocols, and proposes a new protocol called "summary cache", which reduces the number of intercache protocol messages, reduces the bandwidth consumption, and eliminates 30% to 95% of the protocol CPU overhead, all while maintaining almost the same cache hit ratios as ICP.
Abstract: The sharing of caches among Web proxies is an important technique to reduce Web traffic and alleviate network bottlenecks. Nevertheless it is not widely deployed due to the overhead of existing protocols. In this paper we demonstrate the benefits of cache sharing, measure the overhead of the existing protocols, and propose a new protocol called "summary cache". In this new protocol, each proxy keeps a summary of the cache directory of each participating proxy, and checks these summaries for potential hits before sending any queries. Two factors contribute to our protocol's low overhead: the summaries are updated only periodically, and the directory representations are very economical, as low as 8 bits per entry. Using trace-driven simulations and a prototype implementation, we show that, compared to existing protocols such as the Internet cache protocol (ICP), summary cache reduces the number of intercache protocol messages by a factor of 25 to 60, reduces the bandwidth consumption by over 50%, eliminates 30% to 95% of the protocol CPU overhead, all while maintaining almost the same cache hit ratios as ICP. Hence summary cache scales to a large number of proxies. (This paper is a revision of Fan et al. 1998; we add more data and analysis in this version.).

2,077 citations

Proceedings ArticleDOI
01 May 1990
Abstract: Projections of computer technology forecast processors with peak performance of 1,000 MIPS in the relatively near future. These processors could easily lose half or more of their performance in the memory hierarchy if the hierarchy design is based on conventional caching techniques. This paper presents hardware techniques to improve the performance of caches.Miss caching places a small fully-associative cache between a cache and its refill path. Misses in the cache that hit in the miss cache have only a one cycle miss penalty, as opposed to a many cycle miss penalty without the miss cache. Small miss caches of 2 to 5 entries are shown to be very effective in removing mapping conflict misses in first-level direct-mapped caches.Victim caching is an improvement to miss caching that loads the small fully-associative cache with the victim of a miss and not the requested line. Small victim caches of 1 to 5 entries are even more effective at removing conflict misses than miss caching.Stream buffers prefetch cache lines starting at a cache miss address. The prefetched data is placed in the buffer and not in the cache. Stream buffers are useful in removing capacity and compulsory cache misses, as well as some instruction cache conflict misses. Stream buffers are more effective than previously investigated prefetch techniques at using the next slower level in the memory hierarchy when it is pipelined. An extension to the basic stream buffer, called multi-way stream buffers, is introduced. Multi-way stream buffers are useful for prefetching along multiple intertwined data reference streams.Together, victim caches and stream buffers reduce the miss rate of the first level in the cache hierarchy by a factor of two to three on a set of six large benchmarks.

1,481 citations

Proceedings Article
08 Dec 1997
Abstract: Web caches can not only reduce network traffic and downloading latency, but can also affect the distribution of web traffic over the network through cost-aware caching. This paper introduces GreedyDual-Size, which incorporates locality with cost and size concerns in a simple and non-parameterized fashion for high performance. Trace-driven simulations show that with the appropriate cost definition, GreedyDual-Size outperforms existing web cache replacement algorithms in many aspects, including hit ratios, latency reduction and network cost reduction. In addition, GreedyDual-Size can potentially improve the performance of main-memory caching of Web documents.

1,034 citations

Proceedings ArticleDOI
09 Dec 2006
Abstract: This paper investigates the problem of partitioning a shared cache between multiple concurrently executing applications. The commonly used LRU policy implicitly partitions a shared cache on a demand basis, giving more cache resources to the application that has a high demand and fewer cache resources to the application that has a low demand. However, a higher demand for cache resources does not always correlate with a higher performance from additional cache resources. It is beneficial for performance to invest cache resources in the application that benefits more from the cache resources rather than in the application that has more demand for the cache resources. This paper proposes utility-based cache partitioning (UCP), a low-overhead, runtime mechanism that partitions a shared cache between multiple applications depending on the reduction in cache misses that each application is likely to obtain for a given amount of cache resources. The proposed mechanism monitors each application at runtime using a novel, cost-effective, hardware circuit that requires less than 2kB of storage. The information collected by the monitoring circuits is used by a partitioning algorithm to decide the amount of cache resources allocated to each application. Our evaluation, with 20 multiprogrammed workloads, shows that UCP improves performance of a dual-core system by up to 23% and on average 11% over LRU-based cache partitioning.

1,028 citations

Proceedings ArticleDOI
01 Apr 1991
TL;DR: It is shown that the degree of cache interference is highly sensitive to the stride of data accesses and the size of the blocks, and can cause wide variations in machine performance for different matrix sizes.
Abstract: Blocking is a well-known optimization technique for improving the effectiveness of memory hierarchies. Instead of operating on entire rows or columns of an array, blocked algorithms operate on submatrices or blocks, so that data loaded into the faster levels of the memory hierarchy are reused. This paper presents cache performance data for blocked programs and evaluates several optimization to improve this performance. The data is obtained by a theoretical model of data conflicts in the cache, which has been validated by large amounts of simulation. We show that the degree of cache interference is highly sensitive to the stride of data accesses and the size of the blocks, and can cause wide variations in machine performance for different matrix sizes. The conventional wisdom of frying to use the entire cache, or even a fixed fraction of the cache, is incorrect. If a fixed block size is used for a given cache size, the block size that minimizes the expected number of cache misses is very small. Tailoring the block size according to the matrix size and cache parameters can improve the average performance and reduce the variance in performance for different matrix sizes. Finally, whenever possible, it is beneficial to copy non-contiguous reused data into consecutive locations.

958 citations

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