Measuring Benchmark Similarity Using Inherent Program Characteristics

Provided by: University of Texas at Arlington
Topic: Hardware
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Modern day benchmark suites are typically comprised of a number of application programs where each benchmark consists of hundreds of billions of dynamic instructions. Therefore, a technique that can select a representative subset of programs from a benchmark suite can translate into large savings in simulation time with little loss in accuracy. This paper proposes a methodology for measuring the similarity between programs based on their inherent microarchitecture-independent characteristics, and demonstrates two applications for it: finding a representative subset of programs from benchmark suites and studying the evolution of four generations of SPEC CPU benchmark suites.

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