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Implementation Independent Architectural Comparison

Grimshaw, Andrew; Chisholm, Dave; Segal, Brad; Benitez, Ricky; Salinas, Max; Kester, Peter; McCalla, Stephen
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Author
Grimshaw, Andrew
Chisholm, Dave
Segal, Brad
Benitez, Ricky
Salinas, Max
Kester, Peter
McCalla, Stephen
Abstract
Users and designers of CPU architectures lack a solid means of comparing architectures, both extant and proposed. The problem is that running benchmarks, the primary method used, measures both the architecture and its implementation (CPU and enclosing system). This report describes a method we have developed to compare architectures in an implementation independent . manner. Preliminary results suggest that if the same implementation techniques are used architectures fall into performance classes with little difference between members of a class. We identify those features that distinguish the classes. The benefit of adding features to an architecture can now be analyzed: features that do not move the architecture to a better class are a waste of resources and can be avoided. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF file via OCR
Language
English
Date Received
2012-10-29
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science, 1990
Published Date
1990
Collection
Libra Open Repository
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