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dc.contributor.authorSzlavik, Alexander 18:55:05 (GMT) 18:55:05 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractWith contemporary research focusing its attention primarily on benchmark-driven performance evaluation, studying fundamental memory characteristics has gone by the way-side. This thesis presents a systematic study of the expected performance characteristics for contemporary multi-core CPUs. These characteristics are the primary influence on benchmarking variability and need to be quantified if more accurate benchmark results are desired. With the aid of a new, highly customizable, micro-benchmark suite, these CPU-specific attributes are evaluated and contrasted. The benchmark tool provides the framework for accurately measuring instruction throughput and integrates hardware performance counters to gain insight into machine-level caching performance. Additionally, the Linux operating system's impact on cache utilization is evaluated. With careful virtual memory management, cache-misses may be reduced, significantly contributing to benchmark result stability. Finally, a popular cache performance model, stack distance profile, is evaluated with respect to contemporary CPU architectures. While particularly popular in multi-core contention-aware scheduling projects, modern incarnations of the model fail to account for trends in CPU cache hardware, leading to measurable degrees of inaccuracy.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectCPU cachingen
dc.subjectmemory layouten
dc.titleCache-Aware Virtual Page Managementen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.subject.programComputer Scienceen of Computer Scienceen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Mathematicsen

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