Thread scheduling for cache locality

J. Philbin, J. Edler, O. J. Anshus, C. C. Douglas, K. Li

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This paper describes a method to improve the cache locality of sequential programs by scheduling fine-grained threads. The algorithm relies upon hints provided at the time of thread creation to determine a thread execution order likely to reduce cache misses. This technique may be particularly valuable when compiler-directed tiling is not feasible. Experiments with several application programs, on two systems with different cache structures, show that our thread scheduling method can improve program performance by reducing second-level cache misses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-71
Number of pages12
JournalComputer architecture news
Issue numberSpecial Issu
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 7th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems, ASPLOS-VII - Cambridge, MA, USA
Duration: Oct 1 1996Oct 5 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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