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CSE 351 Spring 2011 Lab 4
Inferring Mystery Cache Geometries
Assigned: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Chip D. Signer, Ph.D, is trying to reverse engineer a competitor's microprocessors to discover their cache geometries and has recruited you to help. Instead of running programs on these processors and inferring the cache layout from timing results, you will approximate his work by using a simulator.
Specifically, each of these "processors" is provided as an object file (.o file) against which you will link your code. See the file mystery-cache.h for documentation of the function interface that these object files export. Your job is to fill in the function stubs in cache-test-skel.c which, when linked with one of these cache object files, will determine and then output the cache size, associativity, and block size. Some of the provided object files are named with this information (e.g. cache_64c_2a_16b.o is a 64 KB capacity, 2-way set-associative cache with 16B blocks) to help you check your work. There are also 3 mystery cache object files, whose parameters you must discover on your own.
You can assume that the mystery caches have sizes that are powers of 2. You cannot assume anything else about the cache parameters except what you can infer from the cache size. Finally, the mystery caches are all pretty realistic in their geometries, so use this fact to sanity check your results.
You will need to complete this assignment on a Linux machine with the C standard libraries (e.g. attu). All the files you need are in lab4.tar.gz. To extract the files from this archive, simply use the command:
tar xzf lab4.tar.gz
and the files will be extracted into a new subdirectory of the current directory named lab4. The provided Makefile includes a target cache-test. To use it, set TEST_CACHE to the object file to link against on the command line - i.e. from within the hw3 directory run the command:
make cache-test TEST_CACHE=cache_64c_2a_16b.o
This will create an executable cache-test that will run your cache-inference code against the supplied cache object. Run this executable like so:
and it will print the results to the screen.
Complete the 3 functions in cache-test-skel.c which have /* YOUR CODE GOES HERE */ comments in them.
Additionally, determine the geometry of each of the three mystery caches and list these in a comment, along with your name, at the top of your modified cache-test-skel.c.
Submit your modified version of cache-test-skel.c via the Catalyst dropbox linked to the top of the write-up by the date + time indicated at the top of the write-up.
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