Efficient Miss Ratio Curve Computation for Heterogeneous Content Popularity


Damiano Carra, University of Verona, Italy; Giovanni Neglia, Inria, Université Côte d’Azur, France


The Miss Ratio Curve (MRC) represents a fundamental tool for cache performance profiling. Approximate methods based on sampling provide a low-complexity solution for MRC construction. Nevertheless, in this paper we show that, in case of content with a large variance in popularity, the approximate MRC may be highly sensitive to the set of sampled content. We study in detail the impact of content popularity heterogeneity on the accuracy of the approximate MRC. We observe that few, highly popular, items may cause large error at the head of the reconstructed MRC. From these observations, we design a new approach for building an approximate MRC, where we combine an exact portion of the MRC with an approximate one built from samples. Results for different real-world traces show that our algorithm computes MRC with an error up to 10 times smaller than state-of-the-art methods based on sampling, with similar computational and space overhead.

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@inproceedings {254362,
author = {Damiano Carra and Giovanni Neglia},
title = {Efficient Miss Ratio Curve Computation for Heterogeneous Content Popularity},
booktitle = {2020 USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC 20)},
year = {2020},
isbn = {978-1-939133-14-4},
pages = {741--751},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/atc20/presentation/carra},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jul,

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