Representative Multiprogram Workloads for Multithreaded Processor Simulation

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Executive Summary

Almost all new consumer-grade processors are capable of executing multiple programs simultaneously. The analysis of multiprogrammed workloads for multicore and SMT processors is challenging and time-consuming because there are many possible combinations of benchmarks to execute and each combination may exhibit several different interesting behaviors. Missing particular combinations of program behaviors could hide performance problems with designs. It is thus of utmost importance to have a representative multiprogrammed workload when evaluating multithreaded processor designs.

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