Reduction in Cache Memory Power Consumption based on Replacement Quantity

Abstract

Today power consumption is considered to be one of the important issues. Therefore, its reduction plays a considerable role in developing systems. Previous studies have shown that approximately 50% of total power consumption is used in cache memories. There is a direct relationship between power consumption and replacement quantity made in cache. The less the number of replacements is, the less the power consumption is. In this paper, a mechanism was proposed a mechanism to reduce power consumption using full associative organization and layered replacement algorithm. In this scheme, all cache blocks were divided into three layers. Final layer used FIFO replacement algorithm and middle layer used random replacement algorithm. Also first layer used LRU replacement algorithm. Simulation results were shown using tools written by VB language that in the proposed plan the number of replacement was less than 8-way associative using LRU replacement algorithm.

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