Book Release: Innovations in the Memory System

We are pleased to announce the latest title in Morgan & Claypool’s series on Computer Architecture: 

Innovations in the Memory System
Rajeev Balasubramonian, University of Utah
Paperback ISBN: 9781627056427
eBook ISBN: 9781627059695
Hardcover ISBN: 9781681736174
September 2019, 151 pages



The memory system has the potential to be a hub for future innovation. While conventional memory systems focused primarily on high density, other memory system metrics like energy, security, and reliability are grabbing modern research headlines. With processor performance stagnating, it is also time to consider new programming models that move some application computations into the memory system. This, in turn, will lead to feature-rich memory systems with new interfaces. The past decade has seen a number of memory system innovations that point to this future where the memory system will be much more than dense rows of unintelligent bits. This book takes a tour through recent and prominent research works, touching upon new DRAM chip designs and technologies, near data processing approaches, new memory channel architectures, techniques to tolerate the overheads of refresh and fault tolerance, security attacks and mitigations, and memory scheduling.

Table of Contents: List of Figures / List of Tables / Preface / Acknowledgments / Introduction / Memory System Basics for Every Architect / Commercial Memory Products / Memory Scheduling / Data Placement / Memory Chip Microarchitectures / Memory Channels / Memory Reliability / Memory Refresh / Near Data Processing / Memory Security / Closing Thoughts / Bibliography / Author’s Biography

Series: Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture

Editors: Natalie Enright Jerger, University of Toronto
Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University