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Issue No. 04 - July/August (2006 vol. 26)
ISSN: 0272-1732
pp: 32-42
Michael Van Biesbrouck , University of California, San Diego
Brad Calder , University of California, San Diego
Lieven Eeckhout , Ghent University, Belgium
Sampling techniques dramatically shorten simulation times for industry-standard benchmarks, but establishing the correct architecture and microarchitecture states at the beginning of each sample can be time-consuming. This article compares the accuracy and speed of various sampling startup techniques, introducing touched memory image and memory hierarchy state. Together, these two techniques reduce sampled benchmark simulation times from hours to minutes.
computer architecture, simulation, sampling, warmup, checkpoints, SimPoint

L. Eeckhout, M. V. Biesbrouck and B. Calder, "Efficient Sampling Startup for SimPoint," in IEEE Micro, vol. 26, no. , pp. 32-42, 2006.
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