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Title: Approaches to parallel performance prediction
Author: Howell, Fred
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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Designing parallel programs is both interesting and difficult. The reason for using a parallel machine is to obtain better performance, but the programmer will have little idea of the performance of a program at design time, and will only find out by actually running it. Design decisions have to be made by guesswork alone. This thesis explores an alternative by providing data sheets describing the performance of parallel building blocks, and then seeing how they may be used in practice. The simplest way of using the data sheets is based on a graphing and equation plotting tool. More detailed design information is available from a "reverse" profiling technique which adapts standard profiling to generate predictions rather than measurements. The ultimate method for prediction is based on discrete event simulation, which allows modelling of all programs but is the most complex to use. The methods are compared, and their suitability for different design problems is discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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