Full-System Critical Path Analysis
Source: University of Michigan
Many interesting workloads today are limited not by CPU processing power but by the interactions between the CPU, memory system, I/O devices, and the complex software that ties all the components together. Optimizing these workloads requires identifying performance bottlenecks across concurrent hardware components and across multiple layers of software. Common software profiling techniques cannot account for hardware bottlenecks or situations where software overheads are hidden due to overlap with hardware operations. Critical-path analysis is a powerful approach for identifying bottlenecks in highly concurrent systems, but typically requires detailed domain knowledge to construct the required event dependence graphs.