Programming Assignment 4: Simulate Caches


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Programming Assignment 4: Simulate Caches


The goal of this assignment is to provide you a better understanding of caches. You are required to write a cache simulator using the C programming languages. The programs have to run on iLab machines and should be tested with the autograder. We are providing real program memory traces as input to your cache simulator. The format and structure of the memory traces are described below.
Memory Access Traces

The input to the cache simulator is a memory access trace, which we have generated by executing real programs. The trace contains memory addresses accessed during program execution. Your cache simulator will have to use these addresses to determine if the access is a hit, miss, and the actions to perform. The memory trace file consists of multiple lines. Each line of the trace file corresponds to a memory accesses performed by the program. Each line consists of multiple columns, which are spaceseparated.The first column reports the PC (program counter) when this particular memory access occurred. Second column lists whether the memory access is a read (R) or a write operation. And the last column reports the actual 48-bit memory address that has been accessed by the program. In this assignment, you only need to consider the second and the third columns (i.e. you don’t really need to know the PCs).
Cache Simulator

You will implement a cache simulator to evaluate different configurations of caches. It should be able to run with different traces files. The followings are the requirements for your cache simulator: 1. Simulate only one level cache: L1 2. The cache size, associativity, and block size are input parameters. Cache size and block size are specified in bytes.
3. Replacement algorithm: First In First Out (FIFO) .When a block needs to be replaced, the cache evicts the block that was accessed first. It does not take into account whether the block is frequently or recently accessed.. 4. It’s a write through cache. 5. You need to implement two types of caches as it will be explained later.
Running your Cache Simulator

You have to name your cache simulator first. Your program should support the following usage interface:

./first <cache size <associativity <block size <trace file

A) < cachesize is the total size of the cache in bytes. This number will be a power of 2. B) < associativity is one of:
 – direct – simulate a direct mapped cache.
 – assoc – simulate a fully associative cache.
 – assoc:n – simulate an n − way associative cache. n will be a power of 2. C) < blocksize is a power of 2 integer that specifies the size of the cache block in bytes. D) < tracefile is the name of the trace file. Note: Your program should give “reasonable” warning if the input is not in the right format. In this assignment, you have to implement two types of caches (TypeA and TypeB). These caches differ in the bits of the address that they use to index into the cache. Type A: These cache use the indexing schemes discussed in class. We identify whether the access is a hit or a miss using the tag, index, and block bits from the address as shown below.
Type B: TypeB caches interprets the bits from the memory address differently. With Type B caches, the most significant bits of the 48-bit address constitute the index bits, which is followed by the tag bits and the block bits as shown below.
Output of the program
tag index block
47 0
index tag block
47 0
Your program should print out the number of memory reads, memory writes, cache hits, and cache misses for each type of cache as shown below. You should follow the exact same format shown below, otherwise, the autograder can not grade your program properly.
$./first 32 assoc:2 4 trace1.txt cache A Memory reads: 173 Memory writes: 334 Cache hits: 827 Cache misses: 173 cache B Memory reads: 667 Memory writes: 334 Cache hits: 333 Cache misses: 667
In this example above, we are simulating 2-way set associate cache of size 32 bytes. Each cache block is 4 bytes. The trace file name is “trace4.txt”. As you can see, the simulator should simulate both catch types simultaneously (in the same run) and produce results (as shown above) for both cache types together. Simulation Details

1. (a) When your program starts, there is nothing in the cache. So, all cache lines are empty. (b) you can assume that the memory size is 248 . Therefore, memory addresses are 48 bit (zero extend the addresses in the trace file if they’re less than 48-bit in length). (c) the number of bits in the tag, cache address, and byte address are determined by the cache size and the block size; (d) Your simulator should simulate the operation of a cache according to the given parameters for the given trace

2. For a write-through cache, there is the question of what should happen in case of a write miss. In this assignment, the assumption is that the block is first read from memory (one read memory), and then followed by a memory write. 3- You do not need to simulate the memory in this assignment. Because, the traces doesn’t contain any information on “data values” transferred between the memory and the caches. 4. You have to compile your program with the following flags: -Wall -Werror -fsanitize=address

You have to e-submit the assignment using Sakai. Put all files (source code + Makefile + Report) into a directory named first, which itself is a sub-directory under pa4. Then, create a tar file (follow the instructions in the previous assignments to create the tar file). Your submission should be only a tar file named pa4.tar. You must submit.
You have to e-submit the assignment using Sakai. Your submission should be a tar file named pa4.tar. To create this file, put everything that you are submitting into a directory named pa4. Then, cd into the directory containing pa4 (that is, pa4’s parent directory) and run the following command: tar cvf pa4.tar pa4 To check that you have correctly created the tar file, you should copy it (pa4.tar) into an empty directory and run the following command: tar xvf pa4.tar This should create a directory named pa4 in the (previously) empty directory. Your pa4 folder should contain the following: • readme.pdf: This file should briefly describe the main data structures being used in your program. You should also report your observation on which type of cache (A or B) gives better cache hit ratio ? and why? • Makefile: There should be at least two rules in your Makefile: 1. first: build the executables (first). 2. clean: prepare for rebuilding from scratch. • source code: all source code files necessary for building your programs. Your code should contain at least two files: first.c and first.h. Autograder First mode Testing when you are writing code with a pa4 folder 1. Lets say you have a pa4 folder with the directory structure as described in the assignment. 2. Copy the folder to the directory of the autograder 3. Run the autograder with the following command $python It will run the test cases and print your scores. Second mode This mode is to test your final submission (i.e, pa4.tar) 1. Copy pa4.tar to the autograder directory 2. Run the autograder with pa4.tar as the argument as below: $python pa4.tar
Grading guidelines The grading will be done in two phases, an automated phase and a manual phase. Automated grading phase This phase will be based on programmatic checking of your program. We will build a binary using the Makefile and source code that you submit, and then test the binary for correct functionality and efficiency against a set of inputs. Correct functionality and efficiency include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. We should be able build your program by just running make. 2. Your program should follow the format specified above for the usage interface. 3. Your program should strictly follow the input and output specifications mentioned above. (Note: This is perhaps the most important guideline: failing to follow it might result in you losing all or most of your points for this assignment. Make sure your program’s output format is exactly as specified. Any deviation will cause the automated grader to mark your output as “incorrect”. REQUESTS FOR RE-EVALUATIONS OF PROGRAMS REJECTED DUE TO IMPROPER FORMAT WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.) Manual grading phase This phase will involve manual inspection of your code and the readme.pdf file provided by you along with the code. Note that only programs that pass the automate phase test cases (“to some extent”) will be eligible for grading in the manual phase.

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