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LISPACK-a methodology and tool for the performance analysis of parallel systems and algorithms

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2 Author(s)
Iazeolla, G. ; Dept. of Elecron. Eng., Rome Univ., Italy ; Marinuzzi, F.

The performance analysis of parallel algorithms and systems is considered. For these, numerical solutions methods quickly show their limits because of the enormous state-space growth. The proposed methodology and software tool, list-manipulation parallel-modeling package (LISPACK) uses string manipulation, lumping, and recursive elimination to define the large Markovian process, its restructuring, and efficient solution. The analysis of a typical parallel system and algorithm model is developed as a case study, to discuss the features of the method. The paper has two contributions. The first is the symbolic-approach methodology proposed for the performance analysis of parallel algorithms and systems. The second is a tool that exploits the capabilities of the symbolic approach in the solution of parallel models, where the numerical techniques reveal their limits

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 1993

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