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Optimized hardware for suboptimal software: The case for SIMD-aware benchmarks

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3 Author(s)
Cebrian, J.M. ; Dept. of Comput. & Inf. Sci. (IDI), NTNU, Trondheim, Norway ; Jahre, M. ; Natvig, L.

Evaluation of new architectural proposals against real applications is a necessary step in academic research. However, providing benchmarks that keep up with new architectural changes has become a real challenge. If benchmarks don't cover the most common architectural features, architects may end up under/over estimating the impact of their contributions. In this work, we extend the PARSEC benchmark suite with SIMD capabilities to provide an enhanced evaluation framework for new academic/industry proposals. We then perform a detailed energy and performance evaluation of this commonly used application set on different platforms (Intel® and ARM® processors). Our results show how SIMD code alters scalability, energy efficiency and hardware requirements. Performance and energy efficiency improvements depend greatly on the fraction of code that we can actually vectorize (up to 50×). Our enhancements are based in a custom built wrapper library compatible with SSE, AVX and NEON to facilitate general vectorization. We aim to distribute the source code to reinforce the evaluation process of new proposals for computing systems.

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Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS), 2014 IEEE International Symposium on

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23-25 March 2014