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Contemporary high-end Terascale and Petascale systems are composed of hundreds of thousands of commodity multi-core processors interconnected with high-speed custom networks. Performance characteristics of applications executing on these systems are a function of system hardware and software as well as workload parameters. Therefore, it has become increasingly challenging to measure, analyze and project performance using a single tool on these systems. In order to address these issues, the authors propose a methodology for performance measurement and analysis that is aware of applications and the underlying system hierarchies.
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