The Return of Synthetic Benchmarks

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Provided by: University of Texas at Arlington
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors describe a framework, BenchMaker, for constructing parameterized, scalable, synthetic benchmarks from a set of hardware-independent program characteristics. They show that with a suitable choice of a few inherent program characteristics related to the instruction mix, instruction-level parallelism, control flow behavior, and memory access patterns, it is possible to generate a synthetic benchmark whose performance directly relates to that of a real-world application. The parameterized nature of this framework enables the construction of synthetic benchmarks that allow researchers to explore a wider range of the application behavior space, even when no benchmarks yet exist.
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