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Joint Cache Partition and Job Assignment on Multi-Core Processors

  • Hassidim, Avinatan
  • Kaplan, Haim
  • Tuval, Omry
Publication Date
Nov 22, 2012
Submission Date
Oct 15, 2012
arXiv ID: 1210.4053
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Multicore shared cache processors pose a challenge for designers of embedded systems who try to achieve minimal and predictable execution time of workloads consisting of several jobs. To address this challenge the cache is statically partitioned among the cores and the jobs are assigned to the cores so as to minimize the makespan. Several heuristic algorithms have been proposed that jointly decide how to partition the cache among the cores and assign the jobs. We initiate a theoretical study of this problem which we call the joint cache partition and job assignment problem. By a careful analysis of the possible cache partitions we obtain a constant approximation algorithm for this problem. For some practical special cases we obtain a 2-approximation algorithm, and show how to improve the approximation factor even further by allowing the algorithm to use additional cache. We also study possible improvements that can be obtained by allowing dynamic cache partitions and dynamic job assignments. We define a natural special case of the well known scheduling problem on unrelated machines in which machines are ordered by "strength". Our joint cache partition and job assignment problem generalizes this scheduling problem which we think is of independent interest. We give a polynomial time algorithm for this scheduling problem for instances obtained by fixing the cache partition in a practical case of the joint cache partition and job assignment problem where job loads are step functions.

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