Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
The Parsec benchmark suite is widely used in evaluation of parallel architectures, both existing and novel, the latter through simulation. In particular, it is used for evaluation of highly parallel architectures. It is well known that parallelism bottlenecks occur both in the architecture, (e.g., shared-resource contention) and in the algorithm, (e.g., data-dependency). In this paper, the authors study the latter, i.e., the inherent parallelism scalability and the dynamic behavior of the benchmark programs themselves, independently of the architecture.