Processors

Benchmarking Next Generation Hardware Platforms: An Experimental Approach

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Executive Summary

Heterogeneous multi-cores-platforms comprised of both general purpose and accelerator cores - are becoming increasingly common. Further, with processor designs in which there are many cores on a chip, a recent trend is to include functional and performance asymmetries to balance their power usage vs. performance requirements. Coupled with this trend in CPUs is the development of high end interconnects providing low latency and high throughput communication. Understanding the utility of such next generation platforms for future datacenter workloads requires investigations that evaluate the combined effects on workload of processing units, interconnect, and usage models.

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