Simulation Symposium, Annual (2006)
Apr. 2, 2006 to Apr. 6, 2006
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ANSS.2006.19
Hiroshi Nakashima , Toyohashi University of Technology
Tomoaki Tsumura , Toyohashi University of Technology
Takashi Nakada , Toyohashi University of Technology
This paper proposes a simple but efficient technique for instruction set simulators. Our simulator is made workload specific by a simple process to generate a set of C functions from a workload binary. It is as portable and retargetable as ordinary instruction emulators because the translation targets C code and works well with well-abstracted instruction definitions. The translation is also easy-to-implement without requiring any complicated analysis nor profiling. We also propose a set of simple optimization techniques for cache simulation which cooperates with the workload specific technique. A SimpleScalar-based implementation of these techniques results a significantly large performance improvement. Our evaluations with SPEC CPU95 exhibit that the maximum speedups over sim-fast, sim-cache and sim-outorder are 38-fold, 14-fold and 9.7-fold respectively, while the average numbers are 19-fold, 8.3-fold and 3.8-fold.
Hiroshi Nakashima, Tomoaki Tsumura, Takashi Nakada, "Design and Implementation of aWorkload Specific Simulator", Simulation Symposium, Annual, vol. 00, no. , pp. 230-243, 2006, doi:10.1109/ANSS.2006.19