Computational Caches

Waterland, A., Angelino, E., Cubuk, E. D., Kaxiras, E., Adams, R. P., Appavoo, J., & Seltzer, M. (2013). Computational Caches. Proceedings of the International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR).
Caching is a well-known technique for speeding up computation. We cache data from file systems and databases; we cache dynamically generated code blocks; we cache page translations in TLBs. We propose to cache the act of computation, so that we can apply it later and in different contexts. We use a state-space model of computation to support such caching, involving two interrelated parts: speculatively memoized predicted/resultant state pairs that we use to accelerate sequential computation, and trained probabilistic models that we use to generate predicted states from which to speculatively execute. The key techniques that make this approach feasible are designing probabilistic models that automatically focus on regions of program execution state space in which prediction is tractable and identifying state space equivalence classes so that predictions need not be exact.
  year = {2013},
  author = {Waterland, Amos and Angelino, Elaine and Cubuk, Elkin D. and Kaxiras, Efthimios and Adams, Ryan P. and Appavoo, Jonathan and Seltzer, Margo},
  title = {Computational Caches},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR)},
  keywords = {parallel computing, SYSTOR}