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Enhancing Network Processor Simulation Speed with Statistical Input Sampling

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Enhancing Network Processor Simulation Speed with Statistical Input Sampling
Abstract. While cycle-accurate simulation tools have been widely used in modeling high-performance processors, such an approach can be hindered by the increasing complexity of the simulation, especially in modeling chip multi-processors with multi-threading such as the network processors (NP). We have observed that for NP cycle level simulation, several days of simulation time covers only about one second of the real-world network traffic. Existing approaches to accelerating simulation are through either code analysis or execution sampling. Unfortunately, they are not applicable in speeding up NP simulations due to the small code size and the iterative nature of NP applications. We propose to sample the traffic input to the NP so that a long packet trace is represented by a much shorter one with simulation error bounded within ±3% and 95% confidence. Our method resulted one order of magnitude improvement in the NP simulation speed.
Jia Yu, Jun Yang 0002, Shaojie Chen, Yan Luo, Laxm
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where HIPEAC
Authors Jia Yu, Jun Yang 0002, Shaojie Chen, Yan Luo, Laxmi N. Bhuyan
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