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Data prefetching has been considered an effective way to mask data access latency caused by cache misses and to bridge the performance gap between processor and memory. With hardware and/or software support, data prefetching brings data closer to a processor before it is actually needed. Many prefetching techniques have been proposed in the last few years to reduce data access latency by taking advantage of multi-core architectures. In this paper, we propose a taxonomy that classifies various design concerns in developing a prefetching strategy. We discuss various prefetching strategies and issues that have to be considered in designing a prefetching strategy for multi-core processors.
Date of Conference: 7-9 May 2008