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In this article, we describe a workload-driven simulation environment for PowerPC processor microarchitecture performance exploration. This environment is characterized by its flexibility and generality, a faster simulation speed than other similar environments, a realistic representation of microarchitecture features, and confidence in its predictions arising from a systematic performance validation process. We summarize the salient properties of the environment, and give brief examples of its usage and results. Further information about the environment and explorations performed with it are reported elsewhere.

J. Wellman, M. Moudgill and J. H. Moreno, "Environment for PowerPC Microarchitecture Exploration," in IEEE Micro, vol. 19, no. , pp. 15-25, 1999.
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