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ITEC 352 Lecture 25 Memory(2). Review RAM –Why it isnt on the CPU –What it is made of –Building blocks to black boxes –How it is accessed –Problems with.

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1 ITEC 352 Lecture 25 Memory(2)

2 Review RAM –Why it isnt on the CPU –What it is made of –Building blocks to black boxes –How it is accessed –Problems with decoders –Row / Column solution

3 Memory (2) Objectives ROM Cache memory

4 Memory (2) Other elements We will look briefly at one more memory element: ROM (Read only memory) For the other memory: cache, and virtual memory – we will look at the main concepts but not at the hardware details.

5 Memory (2) Read Only Memory Good news: we do not need any Flip flops to develop ROM. Why not? You can think of a ROM as a hard-coded memory, i.e., memory that cannot be changed. However, these days ROMs are being replaced by special chips that load a software called firmware.

6 Memory (2) A ROM that Stores Four Four-Bit Words (the two fours in the title are not typos!)

7 Memory (2) Cache Cache is a small memory area that is faster to access than main memory (RAM). The speed is due to two reasons: (a) It is connected to the CPU either by a faster bus (or) it may be present on the CPU. E.g., L1/L2 caches on chip. (b) It stores data that have been most recently used (or) most often used – hence lookups for such data is fast.

8 Memory (2) Cache Placement –Cache improves memory access to the data stored in the cache. Here you can see that the cache can be accessed by a 400 MHz bus vs. main memory which is accessible using a 66 Mhz bus. –Mhz: Mega hertz or million clock cycles per second. E.g., 400 Mhz is 400 million clock cycles per second. Which is faster 400 Mhz or 66 Mhz? Hypothetical case: We are up to 1600mhz on current cpus

9 Memory (2) Speed of a cache How can we make the cache more effective: (Brainstorm and think of all the ways that we can improve performance of our programs when using a cache).

10 Memory (2) Speed of a cache (2) Key factors effecting speed: (a) Speed of the data bus from CPU to cache. (b) Determining what data must be stored in the cache. (a) Strategies to use if the the cache is full – how can we add new informatin to the cache? This is the cache replacement policy. What data do you think should be stored in the cache?

11 Memory (2) Replacemen t Policies – When there are no available slots in which to place a block, a replacement policy is implemented. The replacement policy governs the choice of which slot is freed up for the new block. – Replacement policies are used for associative and set-associative mapping schemes, and also for virtual memory. – Least recently used (LRU) – First-in/first-out (FIFO) – Least frequently used (LFU) – Random – Optimal (used for analysis only – look backward in time and reverse- engineer the best possible strategy for a particular sequence of memory references.)

12 Memory (2) Data missing? We have specific cache read and write policies.

13 Memory (2) Read / Write Policies

14 Memory (2) Performanc e Next: We use hit ratios to measure cache performance….

15 Memory (2) Performanc e of a cache Assume a program (instructions) is loaded into the memory from address 0 to 57. Also assume: cache access time: 80 ns and memory access time: 2500 ns. What is the performance when using a cache Memory address range Memory Cache

16 Memory (2) Performanc e of a cache What is the memory address of the first instruction accessed? –Address: 0 Is this in the cache? –Initially, cache is empty. Hence, no! So what do you do? –Depends on the policy Memory address range Memory Cache

17 Memory (2) Performanc e of a cache As the data is not in the cache, the block 0-16 is loaded into the slot1 of the cache. The next instruction is at address 1. –Is this in the cache? –Yes – so the next 15 instructions are in the cache Memory address range Memory Cache

18 Memory (2) Performanc e of cache Hence: EventLocation Time 1 miss ns 15 hits ns X 15 …

19 Memory (2) Hit Ratios and Effective Access Times Hit ratio and effective access time for single level cache: Hit ratios and effective access time for multi-level cache:

20 Memory (2) Multilevel caches As size of ICs have increased, packing density also has increased. –Multilevel caches have been developed Fastest level L1 is on the chip. –Usually data and instructions are kept separate on this cache. Called split cache. Level L2 and L3 are slower than L1 and are unified caches.

21 Memory (2) Question Lets say there are memory references to execute a process. –90 cause L1 misses and of these 10 cause L2 misses. –Let L1 hit time: 5 ns (this is the time to access a memory location if it is in the cache). –Let L2 hit time: 20 ns –Let the L2 miss time: 100 ns (time to access memory in the main memory). What is the effective access time to access a memory?

22 Memory (2) Summary so far … We have seen different types of memory elements and gone up the hierarchy of memory. –We have developed RAM, ROM, Registers and looked at Caches. Next: we will see how programs that we develop are allocated memory. Some terminology: –Process: any program in execution is called a process. E.g., A java program that you write is simply a program, unless you execute it. During its execution it becomes a process. There can be multiple processes of the same program.

23 Memory (2) Summary Cache access


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