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Difference between Uniform Memory Access (UMA) and Non-uniform Memory Access (NUMA)
  • Last Updated : 27 May, 2019

Multiprocessors can be categorized into three shared-memory model which are:

  1. Uniform Memory Access (UMA)
  2. Non-uniform Memory Access (NUMA)
  3. Cache-only Memory Access (COMA)

Uniform Memory Access (UMA):
In UMA, where Single memory controller is used. Uniform Memory Access is slower than non-uniform Memory Access. In Uniform Memory Access, bandwidth is restricted or limited rather than non-uniform memory access. There are 3 types of buses used in uniform Memory Access which are: Single, Multiple and Crossbar. It is applicable for general purpose applications and time-sharing applications.





Non-uniform Memory Access (NUMA):
In NUMA, where different memory controller is used. Non-uniform Memory Access is faster than uniform Memory Access. Non-uniform Memory Access is applicable for real-time applications and time-critical applications.







Let’s see the difference between UMA and NUMA:

S.NO UMA NUMA
1. UMA stands for Uniform Memory Access. NUMA stands for Non-uniform Memory Access.
2. In Uniform Memory Access, Single memory controller is used. In Non-uniform Memory Access, Different memory controller is used.
3. Uniform Memory Access is slower than non-uniform Memory Access. Non-uniform Memory Access is faster than uniform Memory Access.
4. Uniform Memory Access has limited bandwidth. Non-uniform Memory Access has more bandwidth than uniform Memory Access.
5. Uniform Memory Access is applicable for general purpose applications and time-sharing applications. Non-uniform Memory Access is applicable for real-time applications and time-critical applications.
6. In uniform Memory Access, memory access time is balanced or equal. In non-uniform Memory Access, memory access time is not equal.
7. There are 3 types of buses used in uniform Memory Access which are: Single, Multiple and Crossbar. While in non-uniform Memory Access, There are 2 types of buses used which are: Tree and hierarchical.

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