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Cache Write Policy

In practice, use Write Back.

Write Through

  • Update current and next level. Propagate changes to slower caches. L1 → L2 → L3.
  • Pros: Always Coherent!
  • Cons: Slow!

Write Back

  • Only update the fastest cache. Propagate changes to slower caches when we need space (i.e., when eviction happens.)
  • Pros: Fast!
  • Cons: Concurrency issues when other cores try to read from L3 Shared Cache. It could be slow if a few isolated writes happen (because the whole block should be written back)