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Fractal Nature of Software-Cache Interaction

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5 Author(s)
Voldman, J. ; IBM Research Division, P.O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, USA ; Mandelbrot, B. ; Hoevel, L.W. ; Knight, J.
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This paper uses fractals to model the clustering of cache misses. The clustering of cache misses can be quantified by a single number analog to a fractional dimension, and we are intrigued by the possibility that this number can be used as a measure of software complexity. The essential intuition is that cache misses are a direct reflection of changes in locality of reference, and that complex software requires more frequent (and larger) changes in this locality than simple software. The cluster dimension provides a measure (and perhaps the basis for a model) of the intrinsic differences between workloads. In this paper, we focus on cache miss activity as a discriminate between interactive and batch environments.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )