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Specifying and verifying a broadcast and a multicast snooping cache coherence protocol

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6 Author(s)
D. J. Sorin ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI, USA ; M. Plakal ; A. E. Condon ; M. D. Hill
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We develop a specification methodology that documents and specifies a cache coherence protocol in eight tables: the states, events, actions, and transitions of the cache and memory controllers. We then use this methodology to specify a detailed, modern three-state broadcast snooping protocol with an unordered data network and an ordered address network that allows arbitrary skew. We also present a detailed specification of a new protocol called multicast snooping (Bilir et al., 1999) and, in doing so, we better illustrate the utility of the table-based specification methodology. Finally, we demonstrate a technique for verification of the multicast snooping protocol, through the sketch of a manual proof that the specification satisfies a sequentially consistent memory model

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IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 6 )