3 years ago

Pointer-Chase Prefetcher for Linked Data Structures.

Akshay Dilip Navalakha, Nitish Kumar Srivastava

Caches only exploit spatial and temporal locality in a set of address referenced in a program. Due to dynamic construction of linked data-structures, they are difficult to cache as the spatial locality between the nodes is highly dependent on the data layout. Prefetching can play an important role in improving the performance of linked data-structures. In this project, a pointer chase mechanism along with compiler hints is adopted to design a prefetcher for linked data-structures. The design is evaluated against the baseline of processor with cache in terms of performance, area and energy

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08088

DOI: arXiv:1801.08088v1

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