A Technique for Improving Lifetime of Non-Volatile Caches Using Write-Minimization

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Sparsh Mittal Jeffrey Vetter
Abstract: While non-volatile memories (NVMs) provide high-density and low-leakage, they also have low write-endurance. This, along with the write-variation introduced by the cache management policies, can lead to very small cache lifetime. In this paper, we propose ENLIVE, a technique for ENhancing the LIfetime of non-Volatile cachEs. Our technique uses a small SRAM (static random access memory) storage, called HotStore. ENLIVE detects frequently written blocks and transfers them to the HotStore so that they can be accessed ...