Qualcomm Interview Question for Software Engineer / Developers

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Write-through Cache: Every write access to the Cache causes a write to main memory.

Write-back Cache: Every write access to the Cache are not immediately written into main memory. Cache will write (dirty locations) into main memory some time later.

When a cache miss happens, a cache entry is evicted (in case of write-back cache and cache is full).

Replacement Policy (Evict Policy): When a memoy location is not present in the cache (called Cache miss), the cache creates a new entry. If all cache entries are used, the cache has to decide which existing entry should be removed to make room for cache miss. The rules used to evict cache entry is called Replacement Policy.
In a write-back cache, cache often requires 2 accesses to main memory. First access is to write the dirty locations of evicted entry into main memory. Second access is to read cache missed memory location from main memory to cache.

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