Seminars & Colloquia

Erin Parker

Computer Science, UNC Chapel Hill

"Analyzing the Behavior of Loop Nests in the Memory Hierarchy: Methods, Tools, and Applications"

Friday August 27, 2004 10:45 AM
Location: 136, EGRC NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the System Research Seminar series


Abstract: Processor speeds are improving at a much faster rate than the speeds of accessing main memory. As a result, data access time dominates the execution times of many programs. Understanding the behavior of programs executing in a memory hierarchy is therefore an important part of improving program performance. This work describes an analytical framework for understanding the behavior of loop-oriented programs executing in a memory hierarchy. The framework has three components: 1) an alternative classification of cache misses that makes it possible to obtain the exact cache behavior of a sequence of program fragments by combining the cache behavior of the individual fragments; 2) the use of Presburger arithmetic to model data access patterns and describe events such as cache misses; and 3) algorithms exploiting the connection among Presburger arithmetic, automata theory, and graph theory to allow an exact model of cache behavior.

The analytical framework presented goes beyond existing analytical frameworks for modeling cache behavior: it handles set-associative caches, data cache and translation lookaside buffer (TLB) misses, imperfect loop nests, and nonlinear array layouts in an exact manner. Experiments show both the framework's value in the exploration of new memory system designs and its usefulness in guiding code and data transformations for improved program performance.}

Short Bio: Erin Parker defended her Ph.D. thesis in 2004. She has since accepted a position at the University of Utah. Her interests are in program analysis. For more details, including a list of publications, please see the speaker home page.

Host: Frank Mueller, Computer Science Department, NCSU

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