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Article: Sizing up the Super Heavyweights
By: Paul DeMone (, October 23, 2004 6:02 am
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David Kanter ( on 10/23/04 wrote:
>Paul DeMone ( on 10/22/04 wrote:
>>Arun Ramakrishnan ( on 10/22/04 wrote:
>>>Why would the L2 I-cache be about 4 times the size of the L2 D-cache ?
>>>I always thought that MPU desginers would try to cut the latency of access to user
>>>data much more than the intruction stream itself.
>Well, if you think about it, a large Icache is far more important. An ICache miss
>means that you are wasting many cycles, no matter how the data cache performs.
>In contrast, if the data cache performs poorly, then a context switch producing
>hits in the ICache could still provide useful work.


>>IA-64 has low code density. A 1.0 MB/256KB IPF design
>>has similar instruction/data balance as roughly a 512
>>KB/256 KB RISC design. A bigger L2 icache also reduces
>>average instruction stream bandwidth demand on the L3.
>Actually, I was thinking along different lines. Andy Glew and I talked about this
>briefly, but there was a paper out of UW-Madison that indicated that the 'working
>set' for a database is ~1MB for ICache. I do not know which architecture this was, but I suspect it was Alpha or x86...

I have read the figure of ~750 KB for the code working set
of a typical commercial DBMS on x86. For RISC machines
it would be about 1 to 1.5 MB and for IA64 it would be 1.5
to 2 MB IMO. BTW, the relative size of x86, RISC, and IA64
binaries is not a good indication of relative working set
size. A lot of compiler generated code in IA64 apps rarely
gets executed in practice, its the nature of the architecture.

>Unfortunately, I do not recall the author of the paper, but it was quite interesting.
>>>Would this have something to do with the fact that two coarse grained threads on
>>>the core need to fed rapidly in order to keep the CMP efficiency high ?
>>Yep, that's probably the biggest reason. I also suspect
>>it will give a noticable boost to IA-32 EL performance.
>Why do you think it will give a particular boost to IA32EL? I am curious here.
>My initial thought was that they wanted to provide higher database performance.

That would be a key target. But it is clear that dynamic
programming methods like Java/JIT compilation/dynamic
translation and optimization is of growing importance. I
should have been more general in scope in my comment
than just IA32 EL.
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