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Virtualizing Local Stores by Henry M. Cook

Summary: Virtualizing Local Stores
by Henry M. Cook
Research Project
Submitted to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences,
University of California at Berkeley, in partial satisfaction of the requirements for
the degree of Master of Science, Plan II.
Approval for the Report and Comprehensive Examination:
Professor D. Patterson
Research Advisor
* * * * * * *
Professor K. Asanovi´c
Second Reader
Software-managed local stores have proven to be more efficient than hardware-managed caches for some impor-
tant applications, yet their use has been mostly confined to embedded systems that run a small set of applications in
a limited runtime environment. Local stores are problematic in general-purpose systems because they add to process
state on context switches, and because they require fast data memory close to the processor that might be better spent


Source: Asanovic, Krste - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory & Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences