Cache coherent commutative operations
Author(s)Horn, Webb H
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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This thesis presents Coup, a technique that reduces the cost of updates in shared memory systems. In particular, it describes a new cache coherence protocol, MEUSI, and evaluates its performance under simulation in zsim. MEUSI extends the MESI protocol to allow data to be cached in a new update-only state, reducing both block-level thrashing and on-chip network traffic under many parallel workflows. Coup permits both single-word and multi-word commutative data operations, which are implemented as x86-64 ISA extensions. To evaluate single-word instructions, this thesis presents a case study of a new reference counting scheme, and for multi-word commutative operations, this thesis describes the design of a commutative memory allocator. Coup and MEUSI confer significant benefits to the reference counting scheme and the memory allocator, both in terms of performance and ease of programming.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2015.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 51-57).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.