Published May 24, 2021 | Version v1
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Run Time Management of Faulty Data Caches

  • 1. University of Patras, Patras, Greece
  • 2. Aristotel University, Thessaloniki, Greece

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As the technology continuous to shrink, power consumption appears to be the main design parameter. Operation on low voltage negatively affects mainly the operation of on-chip memories, resulting in multiple malfunctioning memory cells. As a reaction many cache fault tolerance (CFT) mechanisms have been proposed targeting the mitigation of performance degradation. The challenge is to devise mechanisms that are tailored to the memory access patterns of the executing applications.In this work we initially investigate the impact of the granularity of cache line disabling scheme in the first level data caches. Based on our analysis, we propose a run time adaptive mechanism that is able to opt the cache (sub-)block taking into account the diverse memory characteristics of the application. The proposed mechanism is based on the widely used block (sub-block) disabling scheme, and dynamically selects the appropriate sub-block granularity during the execution of the applications. Our evaluation results reveal that the proposed dynamic approach is able to offer significant benefits over a faulty cache design with a monolithic (sub-)block granularity.

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CPSoSaware – Cross-layer cognitive optimization tools & methods for the lifecycle support of dependable CPSoS 871738
European Commission