Heterogeneously tagged caches for low-power embedded systems with virtual memory support

Xiangrong Zhou, Peter Petrov
2008 ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems  
An energy-efficient data cache organization for embedded processors with virtual memory is proposed. Application knowledge regarding memory references is used to eliminate most tag translations. A novel tagging scheme is introduced, where both virtual and physical tags coexist. Physical tags and special handling of superset index bits are only used for references to shared regions in order to avoid cache inconsistency. By eliminating the need for most address translations on cache access, a
more » ... ificant power reduction is achieved. We outline an efficient hardware architecture, where the application information is captured in a reprogrammable way and the cache is minimally modified.
doi:10.1145/1344418.1344428 fatcat:dc6elvdz2bb6vaskpnjjbqlh6i