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Title: Estimating the execution time of Fortran programs on distributed memory, parallel computers
Author: Dunlop, Alistair Neil
ISNI:       0000 0001 3435 4067
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 1997
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This thesis addresses the problem of developing practical methods for estimating the execution time of SPMD, message passing, Fortran 77 programs. Performance estimating has been identified as a technology that is required to support the next generation of automatic parallelising compilers. Performance estimating tools could quantify the performance differences between functionally equivalent code sections in order to determine the optimum data layout strategies. This thesis assesses existing performance estimating methods and presents a new fast simulation technique. This fast simulation technique is applicable to a wider range of problems than previous methods and has made substantial improvements in accuracy by considering the effects of the memory hierarchy. An implementation of this method has been developed and is available with either a text-based interface or X-Windows/Motif GUI.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Program slicing