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Memory Systems

Cache, DRAM, Disk

Is your memory hierarchy stopping your microprocessor from performing at the high level it should be? Memory Systems: Cache, DRAM, Disk shows you how to resolve this problem. The book tells you everything you need to know about the logical design and operation, physical design and operation, performance characteristics and resulting design trade-offs, and the energy consumption of modern memory hierarchies. You learn how to to tackle the challenging optimization problems that result from the side-effects that can appear at any point in the entire hierarchy.As a result you will be able to design and emulate the entire memory hierarchy.

Practicing engineers in microarchitecture and computer system design, embedded system design, low power design; graduate students in advanced computer architecture.

Hardbound, 900 Pages

Published: October 2007

Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 978-0-12-379751-3


  • Overview: On the Topic of Memory Systems and Their Design ▪ Part I: Cache Ch. 1. An Overview of Cache Principles 2. Logical Organization 3. Management of Cache Contents 4. Cache Cohenrence 5. Implementation Issues 6. Cache Case Studies Part II: DRAM 7. Memory Systems Overview 8. DRAM Device: Basic Circuits and Architecture 9. DRAM System Signalling and Timing 10. DRAM Memory System Organization 11. Generic DRAM Memory Access Protocol 12. Evolution of DRAM Devices 13. DRAM Memory Controller 14. Memory System Design Analysis Part II: Disk 15. Overview of Disks 16. The Physical Layer 17. The Data Layer 18. Performance Issues and Design Tradeoffs 19. Drive Interface 20. Operational Performance Improvement 21. The Cache Layer, 23. Performance Testing 24. Storage Subsystems 25. Advanced Topics 26. Case Study Part IV: Cross-Cutting Issues 27. The Holistic Design of Memory Hierarchies 28. Analysis of Cost and Performance 29. Power and Energy 30. Reliability 31. Virtual Memory


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