Power and Performance Characterization of Splash2 Benchmarks on Heterogeneous Architecture

Author: 
Drummond, Matthew
Program: 
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Defense Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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Abstract: 

The computing industry has constantly struggled between speed and power. To achieve the desired performance cores are becoming larger and more complicated. This of course comes at the cost of higher area and power consumption, which is unsustainable. An optimum configuration for any application must exist for peak performance and energy efficiency. This paper shows how such an optimization can be found using Splash2 benchmarks as demonstration. Sensitivity analysis was performed on each benchmark for multiple configuration parameters, particularly frequency, core type, and thread count. The resulting data was analyzed to determine what influence the parameters had on EDP for each benchmark. Finally, the benchmarks were instrumented in such a way as to highlight individual parallel regions to determine if alternative configurations are more appropriate for these sub-regions of the applications, demonstrating the utility of a heterogeneous architecture.