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<p>Given the increased availability of general purpose parallel computers two issues arise:One needs to compare the performance of the different available platforms using realisticexamples, and it is necessary to write application software that can be ported easily inorder to take advantage of different platforms. The authors address these issues from anapplications point of view. They are interested in the use of general purpose parallelcomputers for simulation tasks needed during the design of very large scale integrated(VLSI) circuits. They characterize the simulation task as a useful benchmark andintroduce a high level process view of parallel simulation that is helpful for derivingportable parallel programs. Details of the partitioning strategy and the simulation algorithm used in the application are given. They discuss their implementation on different parallel machines and give statistics of various experiments.</p>
Index Termsgeneral purpose parallel computers; performance; realistic examples; simulation tasks;VLSI; simulation task; parallel simulation; portable parallel programs; parallel machines;digital simulation; parallel machines; parallel programming; performance evaluation;software portabilit

J. Abraham, R. Damiano, R. Mueller-Thuns and D. Saab, "Benchmarking Parallel Processing Platforms: An Applications Perspective," in IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, vol. 4, no. , pp. 947-954, 1993.
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