In a document, I define two different types of memory accesses (but it could be anything else):

We distinguish between two types of memory accesses: mem1 accesses and mem2 accesses because they may hit different cache levels.

Can I then refer to theses two types of memory accesses as: mem1-type accesses and mem2-type accesses ?

For instance:

In this section, we analyze mem1-type accesses, ...
On the contrary, mem2-type accesses, ...

I wonder if I can do that because mem1 and mem2 are not english words, they rather are abitrary identifiers. I have already seen:

A flu-type disease
Dram-type memory

but never

1-type diabetes

  • Why do you think you wouldn't be able to? – curiousdannii Sep 6 '15 at 1:54
  • Because mem1 and mem2 are not "real" english words. I wondered if I could combine these "arbitrary identifiers" with -type. – Xion345 Sep 6 '15 at 10:54

I think you can use -type in the way you are asking. According to the Macmillan Dictionary the suffix -type is:

  • used with many nouns and adjectives to make adjectives meaning having the qualities or features of a particular person, thing, or group.
    • a flu-type illness

This is sounding a bit confused. Here are some valid formulations:

I have flu-like symptoms.

I have Type 1 diabetes.

We will define two types of memory access: Mem-1 and Mem-2.

And then of course you have to give your definitions, which I suppose will have something to do with hitting different cache levels.

Here's an example of how you would use your terms once you've defined them (I'm just making something up here):

We will now address some counter-intuitive performance effects that can be observed with Mem-1 access.

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