Avalon® Interface Specifications

ID 683091
Date 9/26/2022
Document Table of Contents Line–Wrapped Bursts

Processors with instruction caches gain efficiency by using line-wrapped bursts. When a processor requests data that is not in the cache, the cache controller must refill the entire cache line. For a processor with a cache line size of 64 bytes, a cache miss causes 64 bytes to be read from memory. If the processor reads from address 0xC when the cache miss occurred, then an inefficient cache controller could issue a burst at address 0, resulting in data from read addresses 0x0, 0x4, 0x8, 0xC, 0x10, 0x14, 0x18, . . . 0x3C. The requested data is not available until the fourth read. With line-wrapping bursts, the address order is 0xC, 0x10, 0x14, 0x18, . . . 0x3C, 0x0, 0x4, and 0x8. The requested data is returned first. The entire cache line is eventually refilled from memory.