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Using Performance Modeling to Design Large-Scale Systems
November 2009 (vol. 42 no. 11)
pp. 42-49
Kevin J. Barker, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kei Davis, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Adolfy Hoisie, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Darren J. Kerbyson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Michael Lang, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Scott Pakin, Los Alamos National Laboratory
José Carlos Sancho, Los Alamos National Laboratory
A methodology for accurately modeling large applications explores the performance of ultrascale systems at different stages in their life cycle, from early design through production use.

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Index Terms:
Performance modeling and analysis, Parallel systems, Large-scale applications, High-performance computing, Extreme-scale computing
Kevin J. Barker, Kei Davis, Adolfy Hoisie, Darren J. Kerbyson, Michael Lang, Scott Pakin, José Carlos Sancho, "Using Performance Modeling to Design Large-Scale Systems," Computer, vol. 42, no. 11, pp. 42-49, Nov. 2009, doi:10.1109/MC.2009.372
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