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Virtual memory in contemporary microprocessors

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2 Author(s)
Jacob, B. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA ; Mudge, T.

Here, we consider the memory management designs of a sampling of six recent processors, focusing primarily on their architectural differences, and hint at optimizations that someone designing or porting system software might want to consider. We selected examples from the most popular commercial microarchitectures: the MIPS R10000, Alpha 21164, PowerPC 604, PA-8000, UltraSPARC-I, and Pentium II. This survey describes how each processor architecture supports the common features of virtual memory: address space protection, shared memory, and large address spaces

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Jul/Aug 1998

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