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Challenges in Computer Architecture Evaluation
August 2003 (vol. 36 no. 8)
pp. 30-36
Kevin Skadron, University of Virginia
Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University
David I. August, Princeton University
Mark D. Hill, University of Wisconsin Madison
David J. Lilja, University of Minnesota
Vijay S. Pai, Rice University

Reasoning about today's tremendously complex computer systems is difficult and developing them is expensive. Detailed software simulations are thus essential for evaluating computer architecture ideas. Industry uses simulation extensively during processor and system design as the easiest and least expensive way to explore design options.

Unfortunately, constructing accurate models of modern computer systems is becoming harder and more time-consuming, while the effort required to develop high-fidelity simulation tools typically yields few academic rewards. Without funding and promising prospects for academic recognition, research and development in these areas will likely languish.

Kevin Skadron, Margaret Martonosi, David I. August, Mark D. Hill, David J. Lilja, Vijay S. Pai, "Challenges in Computer Architecture Evaluation," Computer, vol. 36, no. 8, pp. 30-36, Aug. 2003, doi:10.1109/MC.2003.1220579
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