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On Proebsting'S Law

Scott, Kevin
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Author
Scott, Kevin
Abstract
In 1965 Gordon Moore observed that the capacity of semiconductor ICs doubled every 18 to 24 months. This trend, now known as Moore's Law, has held for over 25 years and is responsible for the exponential increase in microprocessor performance over this period. In 1998 Todd Proebsting made a similar-in-spirit, but altogether less optimistic observation about optimizing compilers. His observation, henceforth known as Proebsting's Law, is that improvements to compiler technology double the performance of typical programs every 18 years. Proebsting has suggested an experiment to evaluate the veracity of his observation. This paper presents the results of this experiment and some comments on what Proebsting's Law portends for compiler research.
Language
English
Date Received
2012-10-29
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science, 2001
Published Date
2001
Collection
Libra Open Repository
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