The Memory Hierarchy

  title={The Memory Hierarchy},
    To this point in our study of systems, we have relied on a simple model of a computer system as a CPU that executes instructions and a memory system that holds instructions and data for the CPU. In our simple model, the memory system is a linear array of bytes, and the CPU can access each memory location in a constant amount of time. While this is an effective model as far as it goes, it does not reflect the way that modern systems really work. In practice, a memory system is a hierarchy of… CONTINUE READING