GATE | GATE-CS-2014-(Set-2) | Question 54

If the associativity of a processor cache is doubled while keeping the capacity and block size unchanged, which one of the following is guaranteed to be NOT affected?
(A) Width of tag comparator
(B) Width of set index decoder
(C) Width of way selection multiplexor
(D) Width of processor to main memory data bus


Answer: (D)

Explanation: If associativity is doubled, keeping the capacity and block size constant, then the number of sets gets halved. So, width of set index decoder can surely decrease – (B) is false.

Width of way-selection multiplexer must be increased as we have to double the ways to choose from- (C) is false

As the number of sets gets decreased, the number of possible cache block entries that a set maps to gets increased. So, we need more tag bits to identify the correct entry. So, (A) is also false.

(D) is the correct answer- main memory data bus has nothing to do with cache associativity- this can be answered without even looking at other options.

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