Playing Fetch with CAT: Composing Cache Partitioning and Prefetching for Task-Based Query Processing

DaMoN '21


Software prefetching and hardware-based cache allocation techniques (CAT) have been successfully applied in main-memory database engines to fetch data into cache before it is needed and to partition a shared last-level cache (LLC) to prevent concurrent tasks from evicting each others’ data. We investigate the interaction of these techniques and demonstrate that while a single prefetching strategy is sufficient, the combination of both techniques is only effective if the cache partitioning strategy adapts the partitioning based on the types of tasks currently sharing an LLC. We present a simple, yet effective, scheme that uses prefetching and adapts cache partition allocations dynamically.

Kyle C. Hale
Kyle C. Hale
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Hale’s research lies at the intersection of operating systems, HPC, parallel computing, computer architecture.