Cart (Loading....) | Create Account
Close category search window

A case for asymmetric-cell cache memories

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

4 Author(s)
Moshovos, A. ; Electr. & Comput. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Toronto, Ont., Canada ; Falsafi, B. ; Najm, F.N. ; Azizi, N.

In this paper, we make the case for building high-performance asymmetric-cell caches (ACCs) that employ recently-proposed asymmetric SRAMs to reduce leakage proportionally to the number of resident zero bits. Because ACCs target memory value content (independent of cell activity and access patterns), they complement prior proposals for reducing cache leakage that target memory access characteristics. Through detailed simulation and leakage estimation using a commercial 0.13-/spl mu/m CMOS process model, we show that: 1) on average 75% of resident data cache bits and 64% of resident instruction cache bits are zero; 2) while prior research carefully evaluated the fraction of accessed zero bytes, we show that a high fraction of accessed zero bytes is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for a high fraction of resident zero bits; 3) the zero-bit program behavior persists even when we restrict our attention to live data, thereby complementing prior leakage-saving techniques that target inactive cells; and 4) ACCs can reduce leakage on the average by 4.3/spl times/ compared to a conventional data cache without any performance loss, and by 9/spl times/ at the cost of a 5% increase in overall cache access latency.

Published in:

Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 7 )

Date of Publication:

July 2005

Need Help?

IEEE Advancing Technology for Humanity About IEEE Xplore | Contact | Help | Terms of Use | Nondiscrimination Policy | Site Map | Privacy & Opting Out of Cookies

A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
© Copyright 2014 IEEE - All rights reserved. Use of this web site signifies your agreement to the terms and conditions.