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Snoopy Cache Coherence

In a bus-based multiprocessor system, cache coherence can be ensured using a snoopy protocol in which each processor's cache monitors the traffic on the bus and takes appropriate action when it sees a write request being sent to memory for a variable at an address matching one that it holds. This website contains a number of models demonstrating different types of snoopy protocol. (There's a protocol description for the Copyback protocol but the descriptions for the other two are currently unavailable.)

Instructions on how to use HASE models can be found at Downloading, Installing and Using HASE.
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Institute for Computing Systems Architecture, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
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