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Temporal analysis of cache prefetching strategies for multimedia applications

Abstract: Prefetching is a widely adopted technique for improving performance of cache memories. Performances are typically affected by the design parameters, such as cache size and associativity, but also by the type of locality embodied in the programs. In particular multimedia tools and programs handling images and video are characterized & a bi-dimensional spatiallocality that could be greatly exploited by the inclusion of prefetching in the cache architecture. In this paper we compare some prefetching techniques for multimedia programs (such as MPEG compression, image processing, visual object egmentation) by performing a detailed evaluation of the memory access time. The goal is to prove that a signifcant speedup can be achieved by using either standard prefecthing techniques (such as OBL or adaptive prefetchind or some innovative andimage-oriented prefetching methods, like the neighbor prefetching described in the paper. Performance are measured with the PRIMA trace-driven simulator.


Cucchiara, Rita; M., Piccardi; Prati, Andrea "Temporal analysis of cache prefetching strategies for multimedia applications" Proceedings of IEEE International Performance, Computing e Communications Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, pp. 311 -318 , 4-6 April 2001, 2001

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