Issue No. 02 - February (2003 vol. 36)
Lieven Eeckhout , Ghent University
Hans Vandierendonck , Ghent University
Koen De Bosschere , Ghent University
<p>Although architectural simulators model microarchitectures at a high abstraction level, the increasing complexity of both the microarchitectures themselves and the applications that run on them make simulator use extremely time-consuming. Simulators must execute huge numbers of instructions to create a workload representative of real applications, creating an unreasonably long simulation time and stretching the time to market.</p><p>Using reduced input sets instead of reference input sets helps to solve this problem. The authors have developed a methodology that reliably quantifies program behavior similarity to verify if reduced input sets result in program behavior similar to the reference inputs.</p>
H. Vandierendonck, L. Eeckhout and K. De Bosschere, "Designing Computer Architecture Research Workloads," in Computer, vol. 36, no. , pp. 65-71, 2003.