DHL-cache: Dynamic per history length adjustment for low-power L2 cache

H. W. Joo, E. Y. Chung

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The significant power dissipation of the on-chip L2 cache is a major concern in modern microprocessors. This Letter proposes a unique low-power technique for a high-associative large L2 cache that has fragmented locality by L1 cache. The dynamic per history length adjustment cache (DHL-cache) dynamically selects the qualified way candidates to be accessed and controls the way-prediction window size based on the access history pattern. With a high degree of the way-prediction accuracy, the DHL-cache shows a 55.3% energydelay product improvement over the location-cache with minimum hardware support. Therefore, the DHL-cache alleviates the power limit issue for L2 cache, even with high associativity and fragmented locality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1298
Number of pages2
JournalElectronics Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 21

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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