MASTER: A Multicore Cache Energy Saving Technique using Dynamic Cache Reconfiguration

Sparsh Mittal Yanan Cao Zhao Zhang
Abstract: With increasing number of on-chip cores and CMOS scaling, the size of last-level caches (LLCs) is on the rise and hence, managing their leakage energy consumption has become vital for continuing to scale performance. In multicore systems, the locality of memory access stream is significantly reduced because of multiplexing of access streams from different running programs and hence, leakage energy-saving techniques such as decay cache, which rely on memory access locality, do not save a large amount of energy. ...