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Methods for read after write forwarding using a virtual address are disclosed. A method includes determining when a virtual address has been remapped from corresponding to a first physical address to a second physical address and determining if all stores occupying a store queue before the remapping have been retired from the store queue. Loads that are younger than the stores that occupied the store queue before the remapping are prevented from being dispatched and executed until the stores that occupied the store queue before the remapping have left the store queue and become globally visible.


A method for maintaining the coherency of a store coalescing cache and a load cache is disclosed. As a part of the method, responsive to a write-back of an entry from a level one store coalescing cache to a level two cache, the entry is written into the level two cache and into the level one load cache. The writing of the entry into the level two cache and into the level one load cache is executed at the speed of access of the level two cache.


Systems and methods for supporting a plurality of load and store accesses of a cache are disclosed. Responsive to a request of a plurality of requests to access a block of a plurality of blocks of a load cache, the block of the load cache and a logically and physically paired block of a store coalescing cache are accessed in parallel. The data that is accessed from the block of the load cache is overwritten by the data that is accessed from the block of the store coalescing cache by merging on a per byte basis. Access is provided to the merged data.


A method for supporting a plurality of load accesses is disclosed. A plurality of requests to access a data cache is accessed, and in response, a tag memory is accessed that maintains a plurality of copies of tags for each entry in the data cache. Tags are identified that correspond to individual requests. The data cache is accessed based on the tags that correspond to the individual requests. A plurality of requests to access the same block of the plurality of blocks causes an access arbitration that is executed in the same clock cycle as is the access of the tag memory.


A system for an agnostic runtime architecture is disclosed. The system includes a system emulation/virtualization converter, an application code converter, and a system converter wherein the system emulation/virtualization converter and the application code converter implement a system emulation process, and wherein the system converter implements a system conversion process for executing code from a guest image. The system converter further comprises a guest fetch logic component for accessing a plurality of guest instructions, a guest fetch buffer coupled to the guest fetch logic component and a branch prediction component for assembling the plurality of guest instructions into a guest instruction block, and a plurality of conversion tables including a first level conversion table and a second level conversion table coupled to the guest fetch buffer for translating the guest instruction block into a corresponding native conversion block. The system further includes a native cache coupled to the conversion tables for storing the corresponding native conversion block, a conversion look aside buffer coupled to the native cache for storing a mapping of the guest instruction block to corresponding native conversion block. Upon a subsequent request for a guest instruction, the conversion look aside buffer is indexed to determine whether a hit occurred, wherein the mapping indicates the guest instruction has a corresponding converted native instruction in the native cache, and in response to the hit the conversion look aside buffer forwards the translated native instruction for execution.

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