Intel has been granted a patent for a system that allows processor circuitry to efficiently access memory by locating metadata regions and determining alternate memory addresses. This technology aims to improve memory allocation and access for applications. GlobalData’s report on Intel gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Memory access system with metadata region for data relocation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Intel Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11972126B2) discloses a system that includes processor circuitry communicatively coupled to memory, designed to handle memory access requests for applications efficiently. The system is capable of receiving a memory access request, locating the metadata region within the memory allocation, obtaining metadata stored in the metadata region, determining an alternate memory address in a relocation region based on the metadata, and reading displaced data at the alternate memory address. The system aims to optimize memory access and allocation processes by utilizing metadata and relocation techniques effectively.

Furthermore, the patent details various aspects of the system, including the relocation region's location within the memory allocation, the types of metadata stored in the metadata region, and the processor circuitry's operations in response to memory allocation and store requests. The system's functionality extends to accessing data based on memory addresses, generating reassembled data, and utilizing metadata cache and data cache for efficient data retrieval. The patent also covers a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium with instructions for performing memory access operations, a method involving memory access requests and metadata processing, and an apparatus with processor circuitry for storing data in memory allocations. Overall, the patent highlights innovative techniques for managing memory access and allocation efficiently, potentially improving system performance and resource utilization in various applications.

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