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Characterization of Alpha AXP performance using TP and SPEC workloads

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2 Author(s)
Cvetanovic, Z. ; Digital Equipment Corp., Foxboro, MA, USA ; Bhandarkar, D.

The characteristics of several commercial and technical workloads on the DEC 7000 AXP system are compared using built-in hardware monitors. The data analyzed include total instructions, cycles, multiple-issued instructions, stall components, cache misses, and instruction types. The data indicates that the two classes of workloads have vastly different characteristics and impose different requirements on the system design. Compared to VAX, Alpha AXP takes advantage of lower cycles per instruction and cycle time to achieve a significant performance advantage. The cache and memory interconnect subsystems are expected to play a crucial role in the performance of future systems. A simple model for evaluating the effects of various design tradeoffs based on the data collected by using hardware monitors is proposed

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Computer Architecture, 1994., Proceedings the 21st Annual International Symposium on

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18-21 Apr 1994

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