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Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (2005)
St. Louis, Missouri
Sept. 17, 2005 to Sept. 21, 2005
ISSN: 1089-795X
ISBN: 0-7695-2429-X
pp: 339-349
Calin Cascaval , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Evelyn Duesterwald , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Peter F. Sweeney , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Robert W. Wisniewski , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
<p>With the growing awareness that individual hardware cores will not continue to produce the same level of performance improvement, there is a need to develop an integrated approach to performance optimization. In this paper we present a paradigm for Continuous Program Optimization (CPO), whereby automatic agents monitor and optimize application and system performance. The monitoring data is used to analyze and create models of application and system behavior. Using this analysis, we describe how CPO agents can improve the performance of both the application and the underlying system. Using the CPO paradigm, we implemented cooperating page size optimization agents that automatically optimize large page usage. An of fine agent uses vertically integrated performance data to produce a page size benefit analysis for different categories of data structures within an application. We show how an online CPO agent can use the results of the predictive analysis to automatically improve application performance. We validate that the predictions made by the CPO agent reflect the actual performance gains of up to 60% across a range of scientific applications including the SPECcpu2000 floating point benchmarks and two large high performance computing (HPC) applications.</p>

E. Duesterwald, P. F. Sweeney, R. W. Wisniewski and C. Cascaval, "Multiple Page Size Modeling and Optimization," PACT 2005. 14th International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques(PACT), St. Louis, MO, USA, 2005, pp. 339-349.
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