Workload Characterization for Computer System Design

Workload Characterization for Computer System Design

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The advent of the world-wide web and web-based applications have dramatically changed the nature of computer applications. Computer system design, in the light of these changes, involves understanding these modem workloads, identifying bottlenecks during their execution, and appropriately tailoring microprocessors, memory systems, and the overall system to minimize bottlenecks. This book contains ten chapters dealing with several contemporary programming paradigms including Java, web server and database workloads. The first two chapters concentrate on Java. While Barisone et al.'s characterization in Chapter 1 deals with instruction set usage of Java applications, Kim et al.'s analysis in Chapter 2 focuses on memory referencing behavior of Java workloads. Several applications including the SPECjvm98 suite are studied using interpreter and Just-In-Time (TIT) compilers. Barisone et al.'s work includes an analytical model to compute the utilization of various functional units. Kim et al. present information on locality, live-range of objects, object lifetime distribution, etc. Studying database workloads has been a challenge to research groups, due to the difficulty in accessing standard benchmarks. Configuring hardware and software for database benchmarks such as those from the Transactions Processing Council (TPC) requires extensive effort. In Chapter 3, Keeton and Patterson present a simplified workload (microbenchmark) that approximates the characteristics of complex standardized benchmarks.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 213 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • IX, 213 p.
  • 079237777X
  • 9780792377771

Table of contents

Preface. 1. UltraSparc Instruction Level Characterization of Java Virtual Machine Workload; A. Barisone, et al. 2. Analyzing Memory Reference Traces of Java Programs; J.-S. Kim, Y. Hsu. 3. Towards a Simplified Database Workload for Computer Architecture Evaluations; K. Keeton, D.A. Patterson. 4. Characterizations of Bus Transactions for SPECweb96 Benchmark; P. Mohapatra, et al. 5. Performance Impact of Uncached File Accesses in SPECweb99; K. Kant, Y. Won. 6. Performance of Natural I/O Applications; S. Vlaovich, R. Uhlig. 7. Workloads for Programmable Network Interfaces; P. Crowley, et al. 8. A Characterization of Control Independence in Programs; A. Bhowmik, M. Franklin. 9. Characterization of Graphics Activities in PC Benchmarks by Bottleneck Detection; D. Etiemble. 10. Workload of a Media-Enhanced Classroom Server; N. Harel, et al. Index.
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