Computer

Volume 31 Issue 5 • May 1998

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  • Calibration of microprocessor performance models

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):59 - 65
    Cited by:  Papers (43)
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    Microprocessor designers use performance models to predict performance and guide their design decisions. Experimental results in the article highlight the significant effort required to achieve a truly cycle-accurate performance model and the necessity for systematic validation of performance models to ensure their accuracy and usefulness View full abstract»

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  • Performance simulation of an Alpha microprocessor

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):50 - 58
    Cited by:  Papers (21)  |  Patents (2)
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    Although producing a finished microprocessor takes the effort of many engineers in many disciplines, the first step requires that an architecture team sketch out the organization of a better, faster and cheaper chip. This effort involves searching for a solution to a design problem in a space of possible solutions. Some solutions in the space are bad, some are better, only a few are satisfactory. ... View full abstract»

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  • What practices are being adopted on the Web?

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):106 - 108
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    Frequent users of the Web will have noticed an emerging discrepancy between university Web pages and commercial sites. An abundance of animated GIFs, image maps, fancy background images, frames and advanced font handling are characteristic of industry related Web pages. Web designers in academia still remain closer to the original purpose of HTML: to delineate the structure and semantics of a docu... View full abstract»

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  • Advances in disk technology: performance issues

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):75 - 81
    Cited by:  Papers (23)
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    Although the computer industry has made regular, significant advances in magnetic recording technology for hard disk drives, some advances-such as those in head design, media, and channel technology-are primarily concerned with increasing disk density and do not necessarily improve total performance. The author asks how, for example, does disk density affect data transfer rate? How do multiple pla... View full abstract»

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  • Providing trusted components to the industry

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):104 - 105
    Cited by:  Papers (13)  |  Patents (1)
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    The software industry stands on feet of clay. However carefully we may strive to build correct and reliable software, we have no way of guaranteeing the quality of the result. Building correct and reliable software depends on the quality of so much else, from the hardware and the operating system to the compiler and the runtime libraries. And any significant software system has so many details and... View full abstract»

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  • BTU: a host communication benchmark

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):66 - 74
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The BTU, a fully automated benchmark measures concurrent activities on both the workstation and network to more realistically assess a workstation's communication performance under a particular load. It provides detailed reports to evaluate hardware and software configurations and identify their communication bottlenecks View full abstract»

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  • Performance analysis and its impact on design

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):41 - 49
    Cited by:  Papers (36)  |  Patents (2)
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    Methods for designing new computer systems have changed rapidly. Consider general purpose microprocessors: gone are the days when one or two expert architects would use hunches, experience, and rules of thumb to determine a processor's features. Marketplace competition has long since forced companies to replace this ad hoc process with a targeted and highly systematic process that focuses new desi... View full abstract»

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  • Are ATM, Gigabit Ethernet ready for prime time

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):11 - 13
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    ATM and Gigabit Ethernet, the subjects of intense speculation by industry observers and potential users of the technologies, appear as if they may be ready to begin competing for their place in the networking sun. The demand for both technologies is being caused by the increasing adoption of Internet and intranet technology and the growing number of bandwidth-hungry applications. These factors mak... View full abstract»

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  • Why the economy is so good

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):112, 110 - 111
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    Modern business in the US is simply exploiting the 20 to 25 year investment in information technology that is now fueling the friction-free economy. The total information technology industry surpassed the automobile industry in its dollar impact on the US economy in 1997. The $5 trillion retail business is up for grabs as the Web makes buying and selling friction free. This burst of productivity w... View full abstract»

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  • The power of process [software processes]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):100 - 102
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    Some people in the software development community think “process” is a four letter word. They think software processes are rigid, restrictive, and inefficient. They hold that the best way to run a project is to hire the best people you can, give them all the resources they ask for, and turn them loose to do what they do best. Sure, they say, there will be some amount of unproductive wo... View full abstract»

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  • Experimental models for validating technology

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):23 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (153)
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    Experimentation helps determine the effectiveness of proposed theories and methods. However, computer science has not developed a concise taxonomy of methods for demonstrating the validity of new techniques. Experimentation is a crucial part of attribute evaluation and can help determine whether methods used in accordance with some theory during product development will result in software being as... View full abstract»

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  • Should computer scientists experiment more?

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):32 - 40
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    Computer scientists and practitioners defend their lack of experimentation with a wide range of arguments. Some arguments suggest that experimentation is inappropriate, too difficult, useless, and even harmful. This article discusses several such arguments to illustrate the importance of experimentation for computer science. It considers how the software industry is beginning to value experiments,... View full abstract»

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