The PARSEC Benchmark Suite: Characterization and Architectural Implications

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January 2008
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This paper presents and characterizes the Princeton Application
Repository for Shared-Memory Computers (PARSEC),
a benchmark suite for studies of Chip-Multiprocessors
(CMPs). Previous available benchmarks for multiprocessors
have focused on high-performance computing applications
and used a limited number of synchronization methods.
PARSEC includes emerging applications in recognition,
mining and synthesis (RMS) as well as systems applications
which mimic large-scale multi-threaded commercial
programs. Our characterization shows that the benchmark
suite is diverse in working set, locality, data sharing, synchronization,
and off-chip traffic. The benchmark suite has
been made available to the public.