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Parallel performance problems on shared-memory multicore systems: taxonomy and observation

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posted on 2016-12-22, 15:55 authored by Roman Atachiants, Gavin Doherty, David Gregg
The shift towards multicore processing has led to a much wider population of developers being faced with the challenge of exploiting parallel cores to improve software performance. Debugging and optimizing parallel programs is a complex and demanding task. Tools which support development of parallel programs should provide salient information to allow programmers of multicore systems to diagnose and distinguish performance problems. Appropriate design of such tools requires a systematic analysis of the problems which might be identified, and the information used to diagnose them. Building on the literature, we put forward a potential taxonomy of parallel performance problems, and an observational model which links measurable performance data to these problems. We present a validation of this model carried out with parallel programming experts, identifying areas of agreement and disagreement. This is accompanied with a survey of the prevalence of these problems in software development. From this we can identify contentious areas worthy of further exploration, as well as those with high prevalence and strong agreement, which are natural candidates for initial moves towards better tool support.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering;42 (8), pp. 764-785

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IEEE Computer Society

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