Specifying and dynamically verifying address translation-aware memory consistency

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Conference Paper

Computer systems with virtual memory are susceptible to design bugs and runtime faults in their address translation (AT) systems. Detecting bugs and faults requires a clear specification of correct behavior. To address this need, we develop a framework for ATaware memory consistency models. We expand and divide memory consistency into the physical address memory consistency (PAMC) model that defines the behavior of operations on physical addresses and the virtual address memory consistency (VAMC) model that defines the behavior of operations on virtual addresses. As part of this expansion, we show what AT features are required to bridge the gap between PAMC and VAMC. Based on our AT-aware memory consistency specifications, we design efficient dynamic verification hardware that can detect violations of VAMC and thus detect the effects of design bugs and runtime faults, including most AT related bugs in published errata. Copyright © 2010 ACM.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Romanescu, BF; Lebeck, AR; Sorin, DJ

Published Date

  • March 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 323 - 334

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1523-2867

Citation Source

  • Scopus